EPA Showdown: Who in Texas Wants Tighter Refinery Regulation?

Do Hydrogen Cyanide Leaks Show Weakness of Current Regs?  Ask Dr Brian Tison

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will set up its microphones for an all day hearing Tuesday in Galena Park, a community on Houston’s east side in the heart of the enormous Houston Ship Channel refinery complex. It’s the second of two such hearings with the first held last month in a similar community in Los Angeles.

At issue: new EPA rules that would make oil refineries invest in better equipment to reduce pollution emissions from storage tanks and to improve the efficiency of flares that burn emissions during plant “upsets”. Refineries would also have to … read the entire article click here


Craft, Tison: EPA is right to strengthen ozone standard

New safeguards can’t come fast enough to help Houston fight unhealthy levels of air pollution

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by the authority afforded through the Clean Air Act, proposed a strengthened health-based ozone standard within a range of 65-70 parts per billion. Ozone is one of the most ubiquitous and harmful air pollutants on the planet and has been linked to premature deaths, increased asthma attacks and other severe respiratory illnesses, as well as increased emergency room and hospital admissions. The proposed standard, set to be finalized in October, has been recommended repeatedly by EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, as well as medical and public health professionals around the country because  … read the entire article click here

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Op-Ed in the Houston Chronicle regarding air pollution