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

Ozone Season is Underway: What is it?

Ozone season typically runs from March to November in Texas. Each day during ozone season, the TCEQ informs the public when forecasted conditions can lead to Ozone Action Days (OAD). These are days when ozone levels are expected to be elevated and can impact the public’s health through the quality of the air. Ozone, sometimes … Continue reading Ozone Season is Underway: What is it?

Get Ready: National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 9-15

As part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 9-15, we are launching a series of blog posts related to hurricanes, including preparing for them, some of our staff’s experiences with them and some other interesting things we came across during hurricane season last fall. In case you were wondering how TCEQ prepares for a hurricane, … Continue reading Get Ready: National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 9-15

New binational agreement fosters continuous monitoring in El Paso Air Basin

For decades, the threat posed by air pollution in the El Paso region has challenged stakeholders on both sides of the border, thwarting growth in the two countries’ interlocked economies.  The El Paso Air Basin, a bowl-shaped desert region defined by the Rio Grande and mountainous terrain, resides within the Paso del Norte, the historic … Continue reading New binational agreement fosters continuous monitoring in El Paso Air Basin