16 July 2008 21:35 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The city of Houston's new chemical-emission detection system should begin work by the summer of next year, a regulator said on Wednesday.
Houston will pay for the system by using a $643,000 (€405,090) grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The system detects volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemical emissions by using differential absorption light detection and ranging (DIAL).
The city will use the system along the Houston Ship Channel, the EPA said.
Houston applied for the grant last year, said Ruben Casso, air toxics coordinator for the EPA region that includes the city.
The year before, Houston successfully applied for a $500,000 grant that paid for a mobile air-monitoring laboratory, which the city is now using, Casso said.
Houston is the petrochemical hub of the US.
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