Houston says benzene levels rising

Mar 10, 2008

Chemical industry officials deny a claim by public officials that levels of benzene have increased in the Houston region, a published report said Sunday.

The Houston Chronicle reported that data collected by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality showed 13 air monitors detected concentrations of benzene -- a carcinogen -- exceeding healthy levels.

The chemical industry, using different data that included measurements from 2004 to 2006, disputed the claim.

Russ Roberts, a spokesman for the East Harris County Manufacturer's Association, said data released by the Environmental Protection Agency showed a 12 percent decline in Harris County benzene emissions from 2004 to 2006.

"(Houston Mayor Bill White) has promised to applaud industry for benzene reductions," Roberts said. "If those aren't numbers that can be applauded, then I'm not sure what we can do for the city of Houston."

The EPA report is based on self-reported data from the companies. Environmental activists questioned the results.

"These are industry-reported estimates of emissions," said Matthew Tejada, executive director of the Galveston-Houston Alliance for Smog Protection. "If the numbers do not line up with monitor results, then something is wrong."

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: Blooming row over cherry blossom splits China, Korea, Japan

Related Stories

EPA takes new look at gas drilling, water issues

Jul 21, 2010

(AP) -- So vast is the wealth of natural gas locked into dense rock deep beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio that some geologists estimate it's enough to supply the entire East Coast for ...

Scientists May Have Solved Mystery Of Carcinogenic Mothballs

Jun 20, 2006

Chemical compounds in household products like mothballs and air fresheners can cause cancer by blocking the normal process of "cell suicide" in living organisms, according to a new study spearheaded by the University of Colorado ...

Recommended for you

Technology set to revolutionise global aerosol industry

1 hour ago

Technology developed by a specialist research team at the University of Salford looks set to revolutionise the global aerosol industry, following agreements to run commercial trials of the technology by some ...

Canning River breathes easy via new plant

3 hours ago

A $1 million oxygenation plant completed this month on the Canning River is expected to double the level of oxygen relief in the water 2.2km upstream of the Kent Street Weir.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.