UTEP Receives Air Quality Grant
POSTED: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 10:44am
UPDATED: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 3:26pm
EL PASO- The Civil Engineering Department at The University of Texas at El Paso has received a $404,000 grant to monitor and reduce pollution in the region.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality provided the grant.
"This project will identify the conditions for high ozone episodes and provide effective measures for air pollution reduction in the region,” said Wen-Whai Li, Ph.D., civil engineering professor and principal investigator. “We look forward to working with TCEQ, the El Paso MPO and local stakeholders to jointly improve El Paso's air quality."
UTEP will work in collaboration with TCEQ and El Paso MPO to identify, inventory and monitor ozone pollution levels in the Paso del Norte region. Data will be used to model and quantify ozone pollution levels. An objective of the project is implementation of appropriate pollution reduction controls.
“Thanks to this grant, we are able to focus on improving the quality of life in our region," Li said. "The direct benefit of this project will be the people of El Paso who will breathe better air.”