Dust in the Wind

Annual intrusion of Saharan dust has benefits, drawbacks If you’ve been wondering what’s behind the unusually hazy skies we’ve seen lately, just look to the east. No, not Florida – keep going – all the way across the Atlantic. The source is the Saharan Air Layer, or SAL – plumes of dust blown all the … Continue reading Dust in the Wind

Looking to replace an old, heavy-duty vehicle or piece of equipment? Check your eligibility for a TERP grant

If you’re located in Texas and have an older vehicle or equipment that is still in operating condition, you may be eligible for a replacement grant under the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Program (TERP). Now’s a good time to see if your vehicles or equipment qualify, with new grant opportunities … Continue reading Looking to replace an old, heavy-duty vehicle or piece of equipment? Check your eligibility for a TERP grant

A Q&A with two-time intern of the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program Cristina Barrera

Cristina Barrera graduated in 2017 from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. She interned with TCEQ’s Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program in 2015 and 2016 and is currently attending the Yale School of the Environment for a master’s degree in environmental management. I asked … Continue reading A Q&A with two-time intern of the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program Cristina Barrera

Air Monitor

Measuring Air Quality in the Lone Star State

If you live in a city in Texas, you’ve likely driven by an air monitoring station without knowing it was there. TCEQ is responsible for protecting the state’s resources and ensuring clean air for the residents of Texas. Air quality is impacted by both man-made sources such as industrial emissions and vehicle exhaust, and naturally … Continue reading Measuring Air Quality in the Lone Star State

Air monitoring during hurricanes

In August 2020 TCEQ took its stationary air monitors in Beaumont and Houston offline prior to Hurricane Laura’s landfall, triggering considerable criticism and a lot of questions. We’ve asked Cory Chism, Deputy Director of TCEQ’s Monitoring Division, to explain. Before getting into why TCEQ shuts off its air monitors in the path of a storm, … Continue reading Air monitoring during hurricanes