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Why Houston Might Struggle Living Up to the EPA’s New Smog Rules

Posted on · They’ve been part of the Houston landscape for decades: giant flares that burn off explosive gases from refineries and petrochemical plants. But the pollution they emit, as well as exhaust from many thousands of vehicles, has been reduced in Houston. The amount of ozone that’s created by pollution when hit with sunlight used to exceed federal standards […]

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Understanding and Combating Houston’s Ozone and Air Pollution Problems

Posted on · The American Lung Association recently released it’s annual “State of the Air” report, which studied air quality data from 2011 through 2013. While Houston isn’t among the worst U.S. cities for some types of pollution, the report ranks Houston/The Woodlands among the top ten when it comes to ozone pollution (smog). The report comes a […]

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Is Texas’ Long War with the EPA Over Air Quality Finally Ending?

Posted on · For years, the State of Texas and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have clashed over regulations covering major air pollution sources, like refineries. Now, that longstanding legal dispute may be giving way – somewhat. Last week, Texas and the EPA reached a deal on portions of the state’s clean air plan, concerning the state’s “flexible […]