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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session B 10

Informing Communities and Mitigating Risks from Three Types of Air Pollution Threats

Description of Session

Air pollution is a heterogeneous, complex mixture of gases, liquids, and particulate matter (PM) produced from many source sectors, including point (large industrial facilities); mobile (cars, trucks, aircraft, tractors, lawn mowers); area (gas stations, dry cleaners, wood stoves); and non-point (wild fires, pesticide application). Illnesses associated with current levels of ozone and particulate matter in the U.S. are estimated to cost $100 billion annually, with estimated excess deaths ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 each year. Recent research also suggests that ambient concentrations of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) exceed benchmark risk levels for cancer and noncancer end points in many U.S. communities. Infants, children, the elderly, low income and communities of color are especially at risk. This session describes and provides a case study of new data, methods, and infrastructures available for public health and environmental professionals, in collaboration with impacted communities, to recognize existing and emerging air pollution threats, evaluate total exposures, and identify the most severe and remediable air pollution hazards and other health determinants to guide the most effective courses of action.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: Greg Ulirsch, MS, PhD

Presenter 1: Greg Ulirsch, MS, PhD

Title of Presentation: Effect of Particulate Matter Air Pollution on Hospital Admissions and Medical Visits for Lung and Heart Disease in Two Southeast Idaho Cities

Presenter 2: Philip Johnson, PhD

Title of Presentation: In-field ambient fine particle monitoring of an outdoor wood boiler: public health concerns.

Presenter 3: Vickie Boothe, BSEE

Title of Presentation: Accessing Air Toxics Data to Inform Community Level Actions

Presenter 4: Mark Werner, PhD

Title of Presentation: Using Air Toxics Modeling To Reduce Exposure and Risk: A Wisconsin Success Story

Presenter 5: Robert Thiboldeaux, PhD

Title of Presentation: Air Toxics