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Emissions and Health Impacts of Biomass Combustion
20 May, 2010
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, PA 16801

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Schedule (Presentation Links)
9:00 Sign-in and Coffee
9:30 Welcome and Introductions
9:45 Emissions from Biomass Combustion
10:15 Break
10:30 Air Permitting Biomass Combusion Units
11:05 Woodsmoke: Exposure Assessment and Health Effects
11:40 Estimating Community Health Impacts of Increased Residential Biomass Combustion Emissions in Pennsylvania
12:15 Lunch
13:15 Biomass Combustion Emissions Control
14:15 Break
14:45 Update on EPA's Rulemakings Affecting Biomass-Fired Boilers
15:25 Roundtable Discussion
16:30 Close


About the Event

While biomass combustion provides renewable, locally produced, low carbon fuel for our nation, concerns have arisen as to whether or not it is safe, from an air quality and health standpoint, to burn wood and other solid biomass fuels for heat, power, and electricity. How much pollution does biomass combustion cause? What are the health risks? What kinds of policies and programs should we be implementing? What should we be doing about older, existing equipment, as opposed to new devices?

This one day workshop will explore these and related questions as national experts in air pollution, health, and policy come together to "start the dialogue" on this important issue that has bearing on the future of biomass energy as well as the health of the nation.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is ideally suited for policy makers and government officials who are interested in learning more on this topic and engaging in a dialogue towards a goal of healthy, sustainable energy. Equipment manufacturers and project developers should also plan on attending, and gaining valuable insight on new developments in this area.

Topics / Program

The day's program will be divided into four areas:

The event will include a mix of presentations and roundtable discussions, allowing attendees to engage the expert speakers and network with other participants.


National and regional experts in combustion, emissions, and public health will share the newest developments in this important and relevant area.

The list of speakers includes:

Registration Information

Register online at:

Registration cost: Early Registration is $75 (up to May 4th). - includes full buffet lunch, morning and afternoon coffee break.  After May 4th, registration is $100. 

State and local officials are eligible for a special reduced rate of $15 (early registration), $40 after May 12th, thanks to generous sponsorship by the Richard K. Mellon Foundation. 



If you have questions, please contact:

Daniel Ciolkosz at, 814-863-3484 or
Robert Wallace at, 412-918-4211

This workshop is organized by:

Penn State is an Equal Opportunity University.

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