Our Work

The Benzene and other Toxics Exposure (BEE‐TEX) Study

The Benzene and other Toxics Exposure (BEE‐TEX) Study is a field study of exposure to and source attribution of the air toxics: benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes (BTEX), as well as other hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) such as formaldehyde and 1,3-butadiene. The study will be conducted in 2015 in the Houston Ship Channel where intense industrial sources of BTEX and other HAPs are located in close proximity to residential neighborhoods.

The goals of this study are to facilitate the establishment of cost‐effective, state‐of‐the‐art neighborhood‐scale monitoring networks in the Houston Ship Channel and other potential areas of high toxic emissions around the country, the improvement of emission inventories, the conduct of epidemiological studies for air toxics, and ultimately the enforcement of regulations.

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Project Announcements

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Jay Olaguer will present an abstract at CHE's 2016 Symposium on the Public Health Dimensions of Oil & Gas Development: Tools, Strategies, and Collaboration on January 21, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

HARC's Jay Olaguer posted, "Real Time Monitoring: A Game-Changer for Industrial Fence Line Communities", for the EPA Blog.

Project Announcements

During the month of February, the Benzene and other Toxics Exposure (BEE-TEX) study is being conducted in the Manchester, Galena Park, and Milby Park Neighborhoods. The primary goal of the BEE-TEX study is to demonstrate new technologies to measure air pollution.


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