Directorate of Public Works
FORT HOOD, TX
Air Program Outreach Resources
Clean air and you!You can learn about air quality in our state by visiting the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) Air quality in Texas webpage. On this site, you will be able to see today's pollution level for such pollutants as ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) around some of the state's metropolitan areas. Find out what causes air pollution and how you can prevent it. Also see how Texas is utilizing monitoring stations to implement the new PM 2.5 standards at the Airborne Particulate Network for Texas website.
Another area of concern for us in Texas is regional haze. Fine particulate matter causes regional and urban haze. Since new rules have gone into effect, efforts to reduce regional haze must be carried out all over Texas.
The EPA Office of Air Quality Standards and Planning offers a broad range of training material for teachers, students and the general public on their education and outreach website. A variety of links to future conferences, environmental material and technical training related items are also available. Check back often to obtain new training material.
Online Air Training ResourcesDPW Environmental has an online training tool called the Learning Management Portal where you can take various short environmental training courses. These courses also include Course Libraries which are full of helpful Fort Hood specific Air resources. Visit https://lmp.hood.army.mil/lmp/login.aspx to get started.
If you have ever heard the phrase, "the local air quality today is..." and wondered what it really meant, then read the EPA's, "Air Quality Index, A guide to Air Quality and Your Health" brochure. It will explain the effects of air pollution and the impact it has on all of us.
TCEQ, Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), and Texas Department of Public Safety are undertaking campaigns to publicize important messages about air quality and the health effects on Texan's. These campaigns have the support of the Environmental Protection Agency Region 6, Federal Highway Administration and Texas Department of Health. Cars and trucks contribute significantly to harmful air emissions in the state. The "Drive Clean Across Texas" campaign is the first statewide public outreach and education campaign design to improve air quality. Every driver in our state can contribute to the campaign and make a difference to achieve clean air for Texas. EPA with the support of congress has mandated that all urban areas not in compliance with national air quality standards by 2007 will suffer sanctions. These sanctions may include loss of federal funds for transportation improvements and federal requirements to clean up the air. With nine areas of the state in non-attainment or near non-attainment status, another campaign the "AirCheckTexas" program focuses on the two largest urban areas, Houston-Galveston and Dallas-Fort Worth. Vehicles in these two areas are required to undergo stringent emissions testing during annual safety inspections. The intent of these programs is to help the public understand what's at stake if air quality in Texas continues to decline and pose health threats to Texans, young and old.
According to the Department of Transportation, the personal automobile is the single greatest polluter in the U. S., as emissions from millions of vehicles on the road add up. Vehicles account for more than 25 percent of all air pollution nationwide. Traffic congestion is no longer just a big-city problem: the time commuters spend stalled in traffic in small and medium-sized cities has more than quadrupled since 1982, costing hours of delay, billions of gallons of wasted fuel, and billions of dollars in time and fuel costs.
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Air Pollution Reduction TipsAt Home
Low Emission Vehicles(LEV)
What is a low emission vehicle? A LEV is a vehicle that produces fewer emissions than the average vehicle on the road. All new vehicles sold in the United States must be certified as meeting emissions standards set by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or The California standards, set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) or both.
As more states follow Californiaâ€™s lead, the following definitions have gradually become accepted across the nation:
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, or ACEEE, routinely publishes lists of "Low Emission Vehicles".
To obtain additional information on green vehicles click on the link below to visit the EPAâ€™s Green Vehicle Guide website. The greenest vehicles carry the EPA SmartWay Elite or SmartWay designations.http://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/Index.do