WATCH: A closer look at new federal funding for Houston air monitoring
Houston, known as the "Energy Capital of the World," has received nearly $500,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act. This funding is aimed at assessing the levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the city. The EPA identifies the oil and gas industry as the largest industrial source of VOCs, which are air toxics contributing to ozone pollution and cancer risks. Houston, with its significant role in oil production, has a substantial impact on VOC emissions. The grant will support efforts to monitor and address these air quality issues in the city.