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Novel VOC Sensor System for Fugitive Emission Detection

Novel VOC Sensor System for Fugitive Emission Detection

EPA Region 6 and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Ozone levels in several areas of Texas continue to exceed current EPA air quality standards. Detecting and identifying the source of volatile organic compounds that contribute to ozone formation can help affected communities manage hazardous air pollutants. This project deploys a new combination of advanced emission detection technologies that will be capable of identifying specific organic compounds such as xylene. This data will improve understanding of local sources of air pollution, potentially leading to effective mitigation strategies and cost savings for facilities that are the source of emissions. In the longer term, better identification and management of air pollution help to improve air quality for Dallas communities. 

Project leads: Michael Miller (, Ingrid George ( and Eben Thoma (