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newsrel -- $2.2 Million to Investigate Air Quality Issues

Posted: 28 Feb 2008 10:25:52
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing $2,200,000 in grants for research into air
pollution issues.  You can see the release online here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr022808.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich


Release 08-17
February 28, 2008
Dimitri Stanich

Air Resources Board awards $2.2 million to investigate air
quality issues

State will use information to reduce air pollution

SACRAMENTO: Today the Air Resources Board granted $2.2 million
to eight university and research institutes that will
investigate air pollution emissions, exposures, and health

The $2.2 million is matched by $3.5 million in co-funding from
the California Energy Commission, the National Aeronautical and
Space Administration, the New York State Energy Research and
Development Authority, and the South Coast Air Quality
Management District. The projects will examine various aspects
of air pollution including in-vehicle exposures, mechanisms for
testing pollutant emissions and the economic effects of cleaning
California's air.

"Research projects like these create a map of air pollution in
California," said Mary Nichols, Chairman of the Air Resources
Board. "They give us targets, tools and strategies for effective
and economically sound regulations."

Funds awarded today will go to:

    * University of California, Irvine, $500,000: measure and
model in-vehicle concentrations of key air pollutants and apply
the results to estimate in-transit exposures for a health study
of pregnant women and infants;
    * Southern Research Institute, $102,722: evaluate
instruments that measure real-time particulate matter emissions
from a variety of fuels;
    * University of California, Riverside, $200,041: improve its
environmental chamber used to examine the examine the
ozone-forming potential of architectural coatings;
    * University of California, Irvine, $400,000: measure
greenhouse gas emissions and better understand air pollution
formation over California using the NASA DC-8 research
    * University of Wisconsin-Madison, $409,962: identify the
sources that contribute to PM2.5 in the South Coast Angeles
    * West Virginia University, $349,996: building on a prior
study of diesel engines, scrutinize the toxicity of particulate
matter emissions from heavy-duty compressed natural gas engines
with state-of-the-art after-treatment technology;
    * Caleb Management Services, Limited, $349,758: for the
State's global warming program, quantify the amount and types of
greenhouse emissions embedded in foam insulation in California;
    * Environmental Business International, Inc., $196,211:
define the climate change industry and characterize its current
and future status relative to the California economy. 

ARB's research program guides and supports clean air efforts by
completing its own research and sponsoring research by others.
Information gleaned from research enables ARB to craft
regulatory measures with the minimum cost and maximum

Further information on ARB research projects is available here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/rd-ongoing.htm .

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.


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