CAPCOG's Air Quality Program coordinates regional air quality planning and performs air quality technical research, especially focusing on ground-level ozone pollution. The program's planning efforts include coordinating development and implementation of voluntary regional air quality plans, providing technical assistance to organizations that participate in the air quality plans, administering regional pollution reduction grants and conducting air quality education and outreach to reduce emissions and exposure to air pollution. Technical research efforts include air quality monitoring, emissions inventory development, data analysis, modeling, and pollution control strategy evaluation. The program is funded through grants from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local governments.
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Air quality outreach goes digital
CAPCOG launched a new online air quality campaign in September to help protect Central Texas residents from air pollution. While the region is in compliance with federal air quality standards, it can still have several days a year when air quality is still considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”
> Read more about the digital campaign.
> Check out the Air Central Texas website.
TCEQ announces grant funds for natural gas vehicles
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is still accepting applications for funding consideration under the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program, part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.
Grant deadline: May 26, 2017
> Read more about the grant.
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Reducing ozone together. Hear from CAPCOG Air Quality Program Manager Andrew Hoekzema on how Central Texas is curbing pollution and why everyone can help make a difference in this February 2014 KXAN-TV story.