TCEQ recognized for chemical risk assessment methods

It’s not every day that a state agency is recognized by a renowned international health organization, but that’s what happened recently when the WHO gave a shout-out to TCEQ for its leadership in review methods used in chemical risk assessments. In a summary of global initiatives that employ systematic review of data in the formation … Continue reading TCEQ recognized for chemical risk assessment methods

Ozone detection in Houston – by land, air and sea

TCEQ air quality experts participate in NASA-led research project It’s no big news flash that scientists love their computer models. Modeling is an essential part of the modern scientific method in diverse pursuits such as medicine, economics, engineering, architecture, meteorology, and numerous other disciplines. Models create an abstract or ‘virtual’ version of something in the … Continue reading Ozone detection in Houston – by land, air and sea

Legislative Wrap-Up: What it Means for TCEQ

State lawmakers increase incentives to improve air quality, regulate petroleum storage tanks, and prepare for lead testing in schools’ drinking water. Efforts to improve air quality in Texas got a boost during the recent legislative session when state lawmakers approved changes that will hasten the retirement of older, dirtier vehicles. Among the changes is a … Continue reading Legislative Wrap-Up: What it Means for TCEQ

Legislative Wrap-Up: Out with the Old, in with the New

State lawmakers increase incentives to improve air quality, regulate petroleum storage tanks, and prepare for lead testing in schools’ drinking water.   Efforts to improve air quality in Texas got a boost during the recent legislative session when state lawmakers approved changes that will hasten the retirement of older, dirtier vehicles. Among the changes is … Continue reading Legislative Wrap-Up: Out with the Old, in with the New

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