Emissions and Health Impacts of Biomass Combustion
20 May, 2010
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, PA 16801
|Schedule (Presentation Links)|
|9:00||Sign-in and Coffee|
|9:30||Welcome and Introductions|
|9:45||Emissions from Biomass Combustion|
|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|
|13:15||Biomass Combustion Emissions Control|
|14:45||Update on EPA's Rulemakings Affecting Biomass-Fired Boilers|
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:
- Biomass combustion emissions - what they are and how they behave
- Health effects and public health impacts of biomass combustion emissions
- Mitigation strategies and equipment
- Policies and programs for sustainability
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:
- Stan Harding, NS Harding and Assoc.
- Sam Kumar, Babcock and Wilcox
- Luke Naeher - University of Georgia
- Tom Richard - Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment
- Bill Schrock - US Environmental Protection Agency
- John Slade, All4 Inc.
- Judy Zelikoff, New York University
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.
ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 12, 2010.
If you have questions, please contact:
This workshop is organized by:
- Daniel Ciolkosz, the Penn State Biomass Energy Center
- Jim Freihaut, the Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center
- Bruce Miller, the Penn State EMS Energy Institute
- Mike Palko, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Robert Wallace, the Penn State Bioenergy Bridge
- Jeff Yanosky, the Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Penn State is an Equal Opportunity University.