Air Quality IV: Mercury, Trace Elements, and
September 22-24, 2003
Marriott Crystal Gateway
Endorsed by the North Dakota congressional delegation and the U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, the Air Quality IV Conference is the world's premier conference for reviewing the current state of science and policy for mercury, trace elements, and particulate matter in the environment.
Mercury and airborne particulate matter are two air pollutants that continue to receive much attention and be of great concern. Air Quality IV reviewed the current state of science and policy on airborne pollutants, mainly from utility power generation, with a focus on mercury and particulate matter emissions. Science, government, and business representatives met, discussed, and developed proactive responses to breakthroughs, questions, and concerns involving air quality. The conference provided a forum for industry, government, and research organizations to collectively discuss the environmental performance of the nation's future energy infrastructure.
More than 70 speakers from around the world presented papers covering two streams of topics: mercury and trace elements and particulate matter. The conference also included a poster session featuring more than 20 presenters and 15 exhibitors representing utilities and vendors worldwide.
Highlights of the conference included:
- Opening keynote addresses by U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Jeffrey Holmstead, Assistant Administrator for Air & Radiation for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- The opening panel of five internationally renowned business, environmental, science, and government experts who debated the environmental policy surrounding airborne pollutants.
- A luncheon keynote address by Rita Bajura, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND).
- An evening banquet presentation by Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND).
- A special appearance by Clay Jenkinson, who provided, in character, Thomas Jefferson's views on air quality and the environment.
Three preconference workshops given by Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) researchers were held on September 21, 2003.
|Sunday, September 21, 2003
|Conference Opening Registration/Social|
|Monday, September 22, 2003
|Welcomes and Keynote Presentation|
|Opening Panel - Policy|
|Stream A - Mercury
||Stream B - Trace Elements and Particulate Matter
|Session A1: PM Policy, Regulations, and Health Issues
||Session B1: Hg and Coal Utilization By-Products|
|Session A2: Hg Policy, Regulations, and Health Issues
||Session B2: PM and Hg Issues in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry|
|Cash Bar/Social Hour and Banquet (with speaker)|
|Tuesday, September 23, 2003
|Session A3: Measurement
||Session B3: Control|
|Session A4: Transformation, Plume, Atmospheric Reactions, and Modeling
||Session B4: Measurement|
|Wednesday, September 24, 2003
|Session A5: Control
||Session B5: Transport, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Modeling|
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The symposium was organized and sponsored by:
- The University of North Dakota (UND) EERC
- The Center for Air Toxic MetalsSM (CATM®) through EPA's Office of Research and Development National Center for Environmental Research
- DOE Office of Fossil Energy NETL
More than 350 people from 39 states, the District of Columbia, and ten countries attended Air Quality IV.
|Breakdown of Attendees|
|Other (lawyer, consultant, environmental group)
- Tom Erickson, Associate Director for Research, EERC
- William Stelz, EPA Project Officer for CATM, National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance, EPA
- John Pavlish, CATM Director/Senior Research Manager, EERC
- Scott Renninger, Project Manager, DOE NETL
- Leonard Levin, Program Manager, Air Toxics Health & Risk Assessment, EPRI
- "Another stimulating conference addressing today's most pressing air quality issues." -Dan Battleson, MSE - Technology Applications
- "This has been a class act showing the best can be done! Outstanding conference." -Paul Groble, Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- "This conference is by far the best I have attended as a professional. It provided important information to be used in performing my job duties. I look forward to attending this conference in the future. Keep up the good work!"-Daniel Adams, WE Energies/Wisconsin Energy Corporation
Proceedings are available in a three-ring binder or on CD-ROM for US$75.00. If you would like a copy of the proceedings, please contact Anne Fiala at email@example.com or (701) 777-3119.
Proceedings are also available from Air Quality I, II, and III, also at a cost of US$75.00 each. Hard copies only are available from Air Quality I and II; a hard copy or CD-ROM is available from Air Quality III.
Organizers have already begun planning for Air Quality V, which will be held in September 2005 at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.
If you are interested in participating in or attending an upcoming Air Quality Conference and would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact Clara Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also write or call us at:
Energy & Environmental Research Center
PO Box 9018
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9018
Phone: (701) 777-5000
Fax: (701) 777-5181