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Conference Proceedings Now Available
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 afiala@undeerc.org or (701) 777-3119.

Air Quality 2007
Organizers have already begun planning for Air Quality VI, which will be held in September 2007, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, Virginia.

445 People Attend Air Quality V Conference and Workshops
This year's Air Quality V Conference and Workshops attracted the highest number of attendees in the event's 9-year history, with 445 attendees. Registrants represented 40 states, the District of Columbia, six Canadian provinces, and 19 countries. The conference was held at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

Conference Demographics

Air Quality V is the premier international conference focused on mercury, trace elements, SO3, and particulate matter in the environment. The purpose of this event is to promote a better scientific understanding of health effects and control measures concerned with mercury and other toxic trace metals and particulate matter in the environment. The goals of this year's conference were to expand our understanding of complex environmental issues and apply that knowledge to the development of scientifically based energy and environmental policies.

"Air Quality V is a magnificent, world-class event that is continually evolving," said Gerald Groenewold, Director of the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), organizing sponsor of the conference. "This event offers the perfect blend of presenters and attendees representing federal policy and regulation, research and development, and private sector investors," he said.

Conference sponsors included the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the EERC's Center for Air Toxic Metals (CATM), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and bronze sponsor ADA-ES.

The conference kicked off with keynote speakers U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and William Wehrum, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air & Radiation at EPA. During a luncheon keynote address, Carl Bauer, Director of DOE NETL, explained his perspective on U.S. energy options. Additional featured speakers included U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-ND).

Keynote Speakers

A panel of the nation's top energy experts addressed power systems of the future and associated environmental challenges for the utility industry. "We had an outstanding group of panelists who provided perspectives on the future of combustion and gasification, research needs, and the challenges facing the utility industry in identifying the best options for future power systems," said panel coordinator Steve Benson, an EERC Senior Research Manager.

More than 100 other presenters participated from many countries throughout the world, including Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Nepal, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and the United States. This included 40 poster presenters representing nine countries. An exhibit show featured 21 of the leading organizations in the air quality industry.

Air Quality V Exhibit Show

Attendee Comments
-?A very thorough presentation of current technologies and ideas for the future, addressing existing and emerging issues. I will definitely attend future conferences.? ? Ian Clark, ATCO Power Canada
-?I enjoyed attending this conference very much and learned a lot about the mercury issue. Certainly, the organization of the conference is so impressive that it makes me wonder how to match such a level of management for future conference that I will organize back in Taiwan.? ? Chung-Ming Liu, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
-"I think this conference was well worth attending and addressed many challenging environmental issues. Furthermore, the EERC staff ran the conference extremely well and in a well organized manner." - Daniel Adams, Wisconsin Energy Corporation (WE Energies)
-"New information on many research areas and balanced information on other research areas and policy that I did not know." - Don Martello, DOE NETL
-Excellent! Everything was well done!
-My first Air Quality Conference, and it was very well organized - better than most others!
-I very much enjoyed this conference and the variety of topics.
-Excellent technical information exchange.

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 cjchambers@undeerc.org. You may also write or call us at:
Energy & Environmental Research Center
PO Box 9018
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9018
Phone: (701) 777-5000
Fax: (701) 777-8151

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