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									Houston Regional Monitoring
    Network Overview

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        Our Commitment to Air Quality
   The safety and welfare of our neighbors and our
    employees is our highest priority – we all work and
    live here; improving air quality is a long term effort

   Our commitment is evident in our results:
       air quality continues to improve
       investments to improve both monitoring and control
        equipment continue

   We take responsibility to improve the quality of life in
    our community very seriously

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     The Houston Regional Monitoring
             Network (HRM)
   HRM is committed to the scientific understanding of air quality in the
    Houston area

   Houston’s air monitoring system is the most extensive in the U.S., with
    more than 50 monitoring sites
      HRM is an important part of Houston’s air monitoring system

   HRM has invested over $30M in air monitoring
      10 monitoring sites in Houston
      $2.2 million annual budget
      Voluntarily funded by our members
      32 years of gathering and analyzing ambient air data
      38 participating ship channel companies

   HRM benefits industry, government, and the public

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 Houston-Area Ozone Monitoring Stations

Note: Monitors with text box highlighted in yellow are non-FRM monitors
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                                             HRM 10 Mont Belvieu

                     HRM 4 Sheldon Rd
                                                          HRM 617 Wallisville

                                                   HRM 7 West               HRM 11 East
           HRM 3 Haden Rd                                                   Baytown

                                           HRM C615
                                        Lynchburg Ferry
HRM 1 Central St.

  HRM 16 Deer Park

                                           HRM 8 LaPorte

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          View of Monitor Site

                             Sampling GC Inside the trailer


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          Our Operating Principles

   Provide our members with the best scientific air
    quality data available
   Enable our members to make the best decisions
    about ways to effectively reduce emissions
   Share key air monitoring data with TCEQ, City of
    Houston and Harris County on a routine basis
   Inform citizens, elected officials, and agencies about
    our results
   Demonstrate progress toward attainment of all air
    quality standards

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                 Our Measuring Process

   Criteria Air Pollutants (NAAQS)
       Ozone* (O3)
       Particulate Matter (PM10, and PM2.5 mass concentration and
        chemical Speciation)
       Oxides of Nitrogen* (NOx)
       Carbon Monoxide* (CO)
       Sulfur Dioxide* (SO2)
       Lead
   Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
       157 VOCs emitted by industries, utilities, small businesses,
        vehicles, household sources, and vegetation
   Meteorology/Weather*
       Temperature, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, net solar
        radiation (solar energy) and barometric pressure (Site 16 only)

* Continuous Monitoring
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            Our Measuring Process

   VOC samples are taken using EPA-approved
    methods and equipment
       One sample every sixth day for a 24-hour
        period at each monitoring site
       Approximately 10,000 VOC samples collected
        by HRM in last 25 years with more than 1
        million VOC results reported
   Sampling methods are routinely audited using EPA
    audit methods

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              Our Analysis Process

   Upon collecting data from monitoring stations, we:
       Compare to EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality
        Standards (NAAQS)
       Compare to known benchmark concentrations
       Compare with computer modeling results
       Analyze trends
       Compare with data from other cities
       All HRM measurement results are accessible to
        members via a web portal

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             Sharing Information
   An active process with our member
    companies, agencies and
       Monthly Technical Advisory Committee
        meetings – includes member
        companies, TCEQ, Harris County and
        City of Houston
       Meetings with CACs and CAPs
       Educational Outreach
       Participation in studies and committees
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                    What We Know:
         Putting Houston’s Air Quality in Context
   Houston’s air meets 5 of 6 of the federal NAAQS, the exception
    being ground-level ozone

        Houston air compares favorably with other cities when looking
         at all of the NAAQS

        According to EPA data, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh,
         Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, and Salt Lake
         City all fail to meet two or more of the NAAQS

   On average an 80 percent reduction in ambient concentration of
    key VOCs (BTEX) in the past 18 years

   Industry has spent $4-6 billion in Houston from 2002-2012 to
    improve air quality -- on top of substantial investment in the 1990s

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Are We Meeting Air Quality Standards?

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Days When Houston Area Monitors Exceeded
      EPA Ozone Air Quality Standard

Significant Decline In Number of Ozone Exceedance Days

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           2012 8-hr Ozone Design Value
                 Regulatory Monitors in Houston Area

All but one Regulatory Monitor in Houston Area is in attainment for 84 ppb 8-hr STD

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           2012 1-hr Ozone Design Value
                 Regulatory Monitors in Houston Area
                                                                    125 ppb 1-hr Standard

All but one Regulatory Monitor in Houston Area is in attainment for 125 ppb 1-hr STD

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Annual Average NOx Concentration
       HRM and Core Houston Area Monitors --
      Crawford/Texas Ave, Clinton, Lang, Aldine

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                  Annual Average BTEX Trends
                          HRM Network - 1988 through 2011

BTEX – Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylene
HRM every sixth day 24-hour composite canister sampling data

85% Reduction in BTEX Concentrations Since 1988
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     Using TCEQ Air Monitoring Comparison
     Values (AMCVs) As Air Quality Indicator
   TCEQ implemented use of the term “air monitoring comparison values”
    (AMCVs) to evaluate air monitoring data. AMCVs are chemical-specific air
    concentrations set to protect human health and welfare

   Exposure to an air concentration at or below the AMCV is not likely to
    cause adverse health effects

   AMCVs are a collective term that refers to all values used by TCEQ to
    review ambient air monitoring data

   The short-term AMCV, based on acute exposure health and welfare data, is
    compared to monitored concentrations ranging from instantaneous to up
    to one hour. The long-term AMCV, based on chronic health and welfare
    data, is used to evaluate annual averaged monitored concentrations or
    annual concentrations averaged over multiple years (if available)

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                 What We Know:
     Monitoring Data Indicate Good Air Quality

   A comparison of the 2012 monitored ambient
    concentrations of a list of common urban air pollutants
    to the AMCVs generally indicates very good air quality
    in the greater Houston area.

   The 2012 annual average benzene concentration at all
    monitoring sites were below the AMCV.

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           Our Mission Going Forward:
       Maintaining and Improving Air Quality

   Provide data to member companies to enable them to meet state
    and federal air standards

   Assist TCEQ in air monitoring to meet NAAQS
      Monitors must show progress toward meeting NAAQS for
       ground-level ozone and confirm attainment
      Houston area targeting an 80 percent reduction in NOx and
       substantial reduction in HRVOCs

   Use HRM data as input to rigorous permitting process to identify
    air control improvements in projects

   Communicate with neighbors about our improving air quality and
    address their questions

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     What This Means for Air Quality

   Houston’s air quality has dramatically improved and
    will continue to improve

   Houston’s air quality is monitored and analyzed using
    the most thorough network in the country

   HRM and its members recognize our responsibility
    and have made significant investments as part of our
    commitment – but we can and will do better.

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