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ENVIRO-NEWS  November 2002

ENVIRO-NEWS November 2002

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AIR QUALITY PROGRESS; CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS; EPA SCIENTIST NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL...

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Joe Makuch <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 25 Nov 2002 17:22:31 -0500

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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2002

JOINT U.S.-CANADA AIR QUALITY PROGRESS REPORT RELEASED

David Deegan [log in to unmask]
Cathy Milbourn [log in to unmask]


The United States and Canada today jointly announced the sixth biennial
Progress Report on acid rain, ozone and other transboundary air quality
cooperation as part of the 1991 United States-Canada Air Quality Agreement.
The 2002 Progress Report emphasizes continued success in reducing emissions
of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), the major contributors of
acid rain. Today's report states that both countries continue to be on
target for meeting reduction
requirements of SO2 and NOx. The report outlines new requirements for the
Ozone Annex to the Agreement signed in December 2000, has the full text of
the Ozone Annex, and is the first to provide ambient air quality data for
ozone, NOx and hydrocarbons for all sites within 500 kilometers of the
U.S.-Canada border.  The report details joint efforts on transboundary
particulate matter (PM) analysis. In addition, the report includes the
second five-year comprehensive review of the Air Quality Agreement which
assesses the Agreement's effectiveness. The review concludes that the United
States and Canada continue to successfully fulfill the obligations of the
Agreement, but that work remains to be done. Sulfur dioxide emissions from
all affected utility units in 2001 achieved about a 32 percent reduction
from 1990 emissions levels and a five percent reduction from 2000 levels.
Nitrogen oxide emissions from all utilities in 2001 also continued a
downward trend achieving a 30 percent decline from 1990 emissions levels and
an eight percent reduction from 2000 emissions. The report also cites
analysis of a national long-term wet deposition network (called the National
Atmospheric Deposition Program/National Trends Network (NADP/NTN)), which
shows continued dramatic reductions in sulfate deposition, up to 30 percent
over the past
decade. Copies of the report, "United States-Canada Air Quality Agreement
2002 Progress Report" are available at:
http://www.epa.gov/airmarkets/usca/2002report.html .

$3.75 MILLION AWARDED FOR REGIONAL ASSESSMENTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS
Suzanne Ackerman [log in to unmask]

EPA has awarded cooperative agreements totaling more than $3 million to two
universities to study the potential impacts of climate change to their
regions and to develop possible response strategies through its Global
Change Research Program. This program sponsors assessments of the possible
impacts of climate change on air quality, water quality, human health and
ecosystems through public-private partnerships that include academic
researchers, decision makers, resource managers and other stakeholders.
These agreements also support the President's Climate Change Research
Initiative by providing input for decision making by governments,
communities and the private sector on climate change. Pennsylvania State
University will coordinate a multi-institution team of researchers to assess
climate change in the Middle- and Upper-Atlantic region. The team will also
develop a web-based climate change information system, describe current land
use patterns and project future land use changes. Researchers at the George
Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will
study how stakeholder groups in the Gulf of Mexico region apply climate
change data to decision-making. The research will compile data on the
decision-making process that is applicable to the entire region and will
recommend ways in which information can be made available in a more useful
form to improve stakeholders' ability to respond to climate change. The
cooperative agreements were awarded through a competitive solicitation
process with independent peer review.  To learn more about EPA's Global
Change Research Program and these projects, see:
http://www.epa.gov/globalresearch/ .

EPA SCIENTIST NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY AND
CHEMISTRY (SETAC)

Suzanne Ackerman [log in to unmask]

Anne Fairbrother, D.V.M., Ph.D., a research scientist in EPA's Office of
Research and Development, has been named President of the Society of
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America for the
2002-2003 term. SETAC is an international professional society of 5,000
biologists, chemists, toxicologists and environmental engineers, and applies
a multidisciplinary scientific approach to global environmental problems.
Fairbrother
is Chief of the Risk Characterization Branch in the Western Ecology Division
of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory in
Corvallis, Ore. Her current research addresses the potential risk of
environmental contaminants on complex ecosystems. Fairbrother has published
more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and has received top EPA honors,
including the Bronze Medal for Significant Research, an Innovative Research
Program award and a Technical Achievement Award.
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