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Groundbreaking Air Monitoring Initiative Demonstrates Commitment to Safety


When it comes to safeguarding communities and the environment, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and its member are committed to being good neighbors. This commitment is embodied in ACC’s Responsible Care® program, and it’s demonstrated through projects like the joint air monitoring initiative we just announced with officials from Harris County and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

The groundbreaking project was made possible through a collaborative effort between Harris County, an independent research group and private industry. To get the project off the ground, the ACC Foundation provided a $1 million grant to Harris County to purchase new air monitoring equipment and support the development of new scientific tools to interpret air monitoring data.

The deployment of new equipment includes stationary, mobile and handheld monitors, which will enhance the collection of air monitoring data and improve air quality knowledge. One of the more unique aspects of the project involves the creation of new protocols by HARC, which will help the County better understand and communicate air monitoring results.

As ACC’s President and CEO, Chris Jahn pointed out, “One of the project’s important strengths is that in addition to providing local officials with an array of new air monitoring equipment, it also allows officials to draw on the scientific expertise of HARC. It’s a tremendous team effort that will greatly improve the county’s ability to collect, analyze and share information about air quality, especially during an emergency.”

This new air monitoring initiative is a good example of what can be accomplished when industry and local officials and the scientific community work together to achieve a shared goal - improving environmental performance and taking care of communities. We hope that this project can serve as a potential model for working with other communities.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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