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

Press Releases

Jay Olaguer was the lead author of a recently accepted paper for the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, entitled “Overview of the SHARP campaign: motivation, design, and major outcomes.”

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Jay Olaguer invited to present "Impacts of Oil and Gas Industry Emissions on Atmospheric Chemistry" at the American Meteorological Society conference.

Project Announcements

HARC Research Scientist, Eduardo (Jay) Olaguer, Program Director, Air Quality Science, will perform work on modeling and measurements in support of the Uinta Basin Ozone Study.


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