In the News
Air quality reports now available
Thursday, October 04, 2012
CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program has posted several new technical reports produced in partnership with the University of Texas. The reports offer data including the results of a special air monitoring study, a multiyear analysis of ozone formation and the associated meteorology in the region. The reports also depict modeling studies showing the impact of different regions on local ozone levels and the sensitivity of local ozone levels to nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds emissions.
Among other benefits, the research provides documentation of emissions contributed from within the Austin metropolitan statistical area during elevated ozone levels, measured against emissions coming in from outside the region.
The Central Texas Clean Air Coalition, comprising elected officials from the five-county MSA of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties, will review the research as it evaluates strategies to further reduce ozone pollution. The coalition earlier this year helped identify diesel fleets and equipment to target for an emissions-reduction federal grant and will participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Ozone Advance program, which helps selected areas continue to meet national air quality standards for ground-level ozone.
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