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In Harm's Way

Air Toxics

Air Toxics

"In Harm's Way" focused on air toxics, where air toxics are 189 different chemical compounds that were recognized by the federal government in 1990, along with amendments to the Clean Air Act for their serious health effects. They range from nervous system health effects all the way to cancer. Some of these compounds help form smog in the Houston area. The reason why I focused on them is because they have health effects before they go bing-bang-boom in the air and have these chemical reactions that make smog. Smog is obviously a serious contaminant that exacerbates asthma, affects lungs, affects breathing. There are days in Houston where kids that go to elementary school and high school track teams and are told to stay inside because of the smog levels. Exercising you are inhaling more and your exposure is increased to smog. But nobody was ever really talking while smog was all over the headlines in the Houston Chronicle and elsewhere. It made big news in Bush's first run for the presidency, because we actually exceeded LA that year in being number one in the country for smog.

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