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
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
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
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
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?