Right now, almost all of Houston is exposed to fine particulate matter above the level that scientists say is safe. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has proposed placing a new tool in west Houston that can monitor this kind of pollution.
These invisible airborne particles, which escape from power plants, cars, trucks and industrial facilities, can lodge in our lungs, enter our bloodstream and cause heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer. Exposure to these particles is the largest environmental risk for early death in the United States.
We need to make sure that the TCEQ follows through on its commitment to place a new monitor in a part of the city that lacks one — and encourage the agency to take further action to keep people safe.
Join us in asking the TCEQ to add air monitoring in west Houston.
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