More children go to the hospital for asthma attacks in San Antonio than other Texas cities, according to state health data.
The Texas governor wants to avoid a designation of poor air quality for San Antonio, though public health advocates say the city’s air clearly doesn’t meet standards.
The EPA intends to designate all other Texas counties in compliance with federal ozone standards, although it did not specifically mention Bexar County.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other speakers at a summit on Friday said members of San Antonio’s business community can help improve local air quality without hurting their bottom line.
Recognizing that air quality is a regional pursuit, a coalition of local city and county governments is working together to exchange ideas and model best practices in an effort to curb pollution in the San Antonio area.
Local officials are doubling their efforts to tackle air quality in San Antonio.
City leaders say a collaborative effort is needed to help the San Antonio area stave off a costly non-compliance designation for new ozone air pollution standards.