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Biweekly Ozone Report

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued 12 Ozone Action Days for the greater Houston area for 2018, all within the last 24 days. The highest values for the Daily Maximum Eight-Hour Ozone Averages for the first two weeks of May were all on May 7. Ozone forms when a mixture of chemicals, mostly from tailpipes and

Pruitt’s EPA announces changes in future enforcement of Clean Air Act

EPA chief Scott Pruitt announced a change last week regarding future enforcement of the Clean Air Act. This change will include feedback from state and local governments on the economic impact of federal pollution regulations. Current federal law and U.S. Supreme Court decisions require the EPA to focus on public health rather than costs when it comes to

Air Alliance Houston Happenings

The following are just a few of the projects keeping AAH’s staff busy during the month of May: AAH participated in a May 1 asthma town hall hosted by Baylor College of Medicine’s Environmental Health Service and Harris Health System. The event covered the burden of asthma in the community and how flooding events—such as Hurricane

Intern Kathy Le completes research for Air Alliance Houston

Recent Rice University graduate Kathy Le just completed her spring internship with Air Alliance Houston, for which she was selected through the Rice University Kinder Institute Community Bridges Program. Le’s passion for public health and health policy led her to pursue a project in Pasadena, where air pollution concerns run high and health perceptions are