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

BEE-TEX study to demonstrate novel ways of measuring toxic air pollutants in real time.

Jay Olaguer, HARC's Program Director of Air Quality Science, has signed a contract with Elsevier to author a book entitled, “Atmospheric Impacts of the Oil and Gas Industry”.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Jay Olaguer presented the BEE-TEX field study at the 2014 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program in Washington, DC, March 26-28, 2014.

Houston Advanced Research Center hosted the 2014 annual meeting of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium Science Advisory Committee on March 3 and 4, 2014.


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