Texas Clean Air Matters

12-Step Program for TCEQ to Clean Up Air Pollutant “Hotspots” in Texas

Playground with pollutionOur first post to Texas Clean Air Matters offers a 12-step program to TCEQ for cleaning up air pollutant hotspots around the state (and not just because it’s Earth Day, but if it helps promote the cause, we’ll take it).

1. Identify that we have a problem with toxic air
pollutants.

As with other 12-step programs, the first step toward recovery is admitting that there’s a problem. Texas, we have a problem: It’s called “hotspots.” The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) recently released the 2009 Air Pollutant Watch List (APWL) report, which outlines areas around the state where pollution levels for one or more toxic compounds exceeds the state’s health-based levels of concern, referred to as “effects screening levels” or ESLs. Some of the pollutants within these hotspot areas can cause cancer, birth defects, or even death. Read More »

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