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Annual Report

The TERC annual report was not compiled in 2010 due to lack of funding, however reports will be reinstated when funding resumes.

Each year TERC assembles an annual report describing how TERC air quality research has been used to improve the air quality in the Houston, Dallas and east Texas areas. These reports summarize the significant research findings, how those findings are incorporated into policy which in turn creates a healthier place to live and breathe.

2009 Report Excerpt
The Texas Environmental Research Consortium (TERC) continued to make significant strides in 2008 in the pursuit of both of its core missions. TERC’s two programs operate in close concert to help improve air quality for millions of Texas citizens by reducing health-threatening pollution, especially the emissions from industries, vehicles, diesel equipment and other sources that combine to form ground-level ozone.

At the forefront of these efforts has been TERC’s cooperation with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). TCEQ develops ozone-reduction plans to attain the federal health standard for ozone in Texas metropolitan areas including Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, which include measures to reduce emissions of NOx and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the other group of ozone-forming pollutants. The EPA must approve these plans as sufficient to attain the standard. In addition, the EPA and CARB operate programs that verify and certify diesel technologies such as the ones that TERC is fostering. Alongside its cooperative activities with those agencies, TERC has been aggressively pursuing federal funds to augment the funding it receives from the State of Texas.

All of these efforts, and others, will be needed as Texas attempts to meet yet another, more stringent air quality standard for ozone. On March 12, 2008, the EPA finalized its latest standard on how much ozone is permitted in the air. This new 8-hour rule reduces from 85 parts per billion to 75 parts per billion the maximum level of ozone allowed in the atmosphere. This standard, the most stringent ever, makes the better scientific understanding of ozone formation that TERC works to achieve even more crucial than it has been in the past. It also makes the verification, certification and deployment of new technologies to reduce NOx emissions from diesel equipment even more critical.


Past Annual Reports
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