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Helpful Links to Better Understand Environmental Issues

Government Agencies

Legislative Information

Monitoring Data from Environmental Agencies

Environmental

Information on State Projects, Research and Publications

Industry

State and Local Weather Information

Other


Government Agencies

  • EPA Website of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, designed to provide access to its environmental management programs, laws and regulations, and information on other environment-related topics.
  • EPA Technology Transfer Network - EPA's TTN (Technology Transfer Network) provides a collection of various technical web sites related to areas of pollution control technology, regulation, measurement and prevention. Sites accessible through TTN include AIRS, AMTIC, FACA, NSR, OARP&G and others.
  • Environmental Defense Fund - A website that provides Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data for thousands of sites, as reported by the major industrial facilities across the U.S. Also available are Scorecards to rank and compare the pollution conditions for areas in the United States.
  • The Houston-Galveston Area Council - The HGA Council serves a 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region. Its web site contains information about its programs and services designed to serve the local governments.
  • OAR Policy and Guidance - The OARP&G website contains policy and guidance documents produced by the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) that facilitate compliance with the requirements of environmental regulations.
  • The South Coast Air Quality Management District - Link to AQMD's programs and technologies that address smog control and other air quality related issues in the South Coast region.
  • TCEQ - Website of the State's environmental agency that contains information about its rules and environmental policies for air, water, and waste management, and extensive monitoring data. A Subject Index page provides links to all the information published on TCEQ's public website.
  • The US EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards EPA's OAQPS website has links to permitting rules and emission standards, and other useful technical information.

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Legislative Information

  • Senate - Website of the U.S. Senate with information about the working of the Senate and links to its Legislative activities and committees.
  • House - Website of the U.S. House of Representatives that contains information about the House Operations, and has links to the House Office websites.

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Monitoring Data from Environmental Agencies

  • EPA's Air Monitoring Program - EPA's Ambient Monitoring Technology Information Center (AMTIC) has information on ambient air quality monitoring, with valuable links to related federal regulations, and to information on air quality trends and non-attainment areas.

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Environmental

  • Air Alliance Houston (Formerly) Galveston Houston Association for Smog Prevention (GHASP) - The website highlights GHASP's objectives and activities that address issues related to air pollution, and are dedicated to improving the quality of hazardous air in the Houston Galveston region.
  • Sierra Club - This website has information about the Club's activities and programs that focus primarily on the protection and restoration of the natural and human environment. Also included are news features on environmental issues.

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Information on State Projects, Research, and Publications

  • Effects Screening Levels List (ESLs) - Provides data on health effects and other potential effects such as odor nuisance, corrosion, etc. from exposure to air constituents. This information is available on the TCEQ website and is tabulated as Effects Screening Levels (ESLs) List.
  • Air Monitoring Comparison Values (AMCV) - AMCVs are used to evaluate the potential for effects to occur as a result of exposure to concentrations of constituents in the air. AMCVs are based on data concerning health effects, odor, and vegetation effects. They are not ambient air standards. If predicted or measured airborne levels of a constituent do not exceed the comparison level, adverse health or welfare effects would not be expected to result. If ambient levels of constituents in air exceed the comparison levels, it does not necessarily indicate a problem, but rather, triggers a more in-depth review.
  • Air Quality Contracts - TCEQ - A useful link for access to publications and contract project reports with TCEQ. The website also has links to the Houston/Galveston Air Quality Science Evaluation web page, which provides updated information relating to the ongoing science evaluation and air quality technical development for the area.
  • Texas Air Quality Study 2000 - This link, available on the University of Texas website, provides access to information on current research in Air Quality in the state of Texas. The website gives an overview of the research project coordinated by various participating organizations, that focuses on the study of airborne fine particulate matter in the Houston area.

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Industry

  • Texas Chemical Council - Website designed to provided access to the Texas Chemical Council's information database useful to chemical and other related industry professionals. A specialized search engine supports this website, for looking up information in industry services, resources, lab/chemical suppliers, process equipment, software, etc.
  • The Chemical Industry Homepage - Website that highlights the role of the chemical industry in the state of Texas, and its various environmental and economic impacts.
  • American Petroleum Institute - API's website with valuable links to its Quality Programs, Publications, Business and IT, and other related topics. The media section includes news features on the Oil and Natural Gas industry, and information for the API professional and consumer.

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State and Local Weather Information

  • National Weather Service - Website of the National Weather Service provides information about weather conditions for past 24 hours, forecasts, and warnings for United States. Also available is a link to the Interactive Weather Information Network (IWIN) in enhanced graphics version, to look up information on local and world weather, national warnings, and other audio/video links.

(Click here for direct access to Houston's weather conditions).

  • Houston Area Weather - This link provides a quick look at the Houston area weather (current and forecasts), with detailed information about the state local weather conditions, and several radar, NEXRAD, and satellite imageries.

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Other

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Last update: 2/15/2016