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Understanding and Combating Houston’s Ozone and Air Pollution Problems

Understanding and Combating Houston’s Ozone and Air Pollution Problems


The American Lung Association recently released it’s annual State of the Air report, which studied air quality data from 2011 through 2013. While Houston isn’t among the worst U.S. cities for some types of pollution, the report ranks Houston/The Woodlands among the top ten when it comes to ozone pollution (smog).

The report comes a few days after EPA’s Administrator visited the Port of Houston to highlight grants aimed at improving air quality.

News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling joins us to discuss Houston’s history of battling ozone pollution and how Texas has disputed ozone’s impact on health with the EPA.

Then: We take a look at local efforts to improve air quality in the region and the health concerns associated with ozone pollution. Our guests are: Loren Raun, senior environmental analyst with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services in the Bureau of Pollution Control and Prevention. She’s also research faculty at Rice University; and Dr. Arch Carson, associate professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health.

UPDATE: What’s the Link Between Houston’s Ozone Problem and Climate Change? (Houston Matters, May 18, 2015)

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Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →