Houston is one of the most ozone-polluted cities in the country. But studies show that in the city’s Manchester neighborhood, the air quality is even worse. The community in southeast Houston is surrounded by two major highways, the ship channel and a Valero refinery. As some residents grapple with health problems, they’re looking for someone to hold accountable.
Meanwhile, environmental justice advocates see improving air quality in Manchester as an uphill battle for this majority Latino, low-income community, especially considering many residents are Spanish-speaking immigrants.