Welcome to Breathe Easy Waco!
Your Regional Partner in Air Quality
Using knowledge and action to improve air quality, reduce ozone formation, enhance health, and reduce the need for regulation in the Heart of Texas.
The Heart of Texas Council of Governments (HOTCOG) is an organization of local governments working together voluntarily to solve mutual problems and plan for the future of the six county area. Currently, HOTCOG has over 80 member governments made up of: counties, cities, school districts, community colleges, and special districts. HOTCOG was originally established in 1966 and serves a geographic area covering Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone and McLennan counties.
Regional councils, by law, are political subdivisions of the state; with authority to plan and initiate needed cooperative projects but does not have powers to regulate or tax, which are exclusively assigned to cities and counties. As any other political subdivision, regional councils must abide by laws governing open meetings, open records and the conduct of public officials. HOTCOG is also required to obtain an annual audit to assure accountability of public funds.
Isolated Storms Day: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Highs around 96°F. Heat index around 107°F. South wind to 8 MPH.
Scattered Storms Night: Partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. Lows around 78°F. Southeast wind to 8 MPH. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.
Thursday Jul 11
Scattered Storms Day: Partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. Highs around 95°F. Heat index around 106°F. North wind 5 to 10 MPH. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Precipitation amounts less than one tenth of an inch possible.
Mostly Clear Night: Mostly clear. Lows around 76°F. North northeast wind to 10 MPH.
Friday Jul 12
Mostly Sunny Day: Mostly sunny. Highs around 96°F. North northeast wind 7 to 13 MPH.
Mostly Clear Night: Mostly clear. Lows around 75°F. North northeast wind 5 to 10 MPH.
Saturday Jul 13
Partly Cloudy Day: Partly cloudy. Highs around 95°F. North northeast wind to 9 MPH.
Partly Cloudy Night: Partly cloudy. Lows around 75°F. Northeast wind to 9 MPH.
Sunday Jul 14
Partly Cloudy Day: Partly cloudy. Highs around 94°F. North northeast wind to 8 MPH.
Isolated Storms Night: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Lows around 74°F. Northeast wind to 8 MPH.
Monday Jul 15
Partly Cloudy Day: Partly cloudy. Highs around 95°F. Light wind.
Partly Cloudy Night: Partly cloudy. Lows around 75°F. South southeast wind to 7 MPH.
Tuesday Jul 16
Partly Cloudy Day: Partly cloudy. Highs around 96°F. South wind to 10 MPH, gusting to 15 MPH.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Wednesday, July 11, 2019
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What is Ozone?
Ozone is a pollutant formed when two classes of chemicals, Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), are exposed to sunlight. This reaction creates several compounds of which the most hazardous to human health is ozone. Ozone is the primary component of smog and is regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
What are the Sources of NOx and VOC’s?
NOx is produced almost entirely as a by-product of high-temperature combustion.
Common sources of NOx include:
• automobiles, trucks, and marine vessels
• gasoline powered lawn equipment
• construction equipment
• power generation
• industrial processes
• natural gas furnaces
VOCs include many organic chemicals that vaporize easily, such as those found in gasoline and solvents. They are emitted from many sources, including:
• gasoline stations
• motor vehicles, airplanes, trains, boats
• petroleum storage tanks
• oil refineries
• biogenic, or natural emissions from trees and plants
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