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newsrel -- ARB seeks air quality heroes

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 11:06:28
Deadline for Haagen-Smit nominations fast approaching
. Release 11-02

January 18, 2011
CONTACT:	Dimitri Stanich
(916) 322-2990

ARB seeks air quality heroes
Deadline for Haagen-Smit nominations fast approaching

SACRAMENTO:  Today the Air Resources Board reminded the public
that the nomination deadline for the 2010 Haagen-Smit award is
January 28. The Haagen-Smit award is given annually to those
individuals who have made significant contributions to cleaning
the air and reducing air pollution.

The award honors the memory of Dr. Arie Haagen-Smit, the father
of air pollution controls, by ceremonially recognizing those that
continue his work through perseverance, leadership and innovation
in the areas of research, environmental policy, science
technology, public education, or community service. The selection
committee is comprised of past award winners.

“The Haagen-Smit awards allow California the opportunity to thank
those who have advanced the cause of protecting public health by
reducing air pollution,” said ARB Executive Officer James
Goldstene. “Their work saves lives and improves the quality of
life in California. These dedicated individuals deserve to be

The awards are named after Arie Jan Haagen-Smit, Ph.D., a Dutch
chemist best known for linking smog to automobiles. An avid
gardener in the Los Angeles region, Dr. Haagen-Smit first became
concerned about damage to his plants, including discolored leaves
and undersized flowers. His curiosity led to a series of
experiments that uncovered the chemical interactions that lead to
the formation of smog and demonstrated that most of California's
smog is the result of the exhaust from motor vehicles and
industrial facilities reacting with sunlight to create ozone.
This break-through is the foundation upon which today's air
pollution standards around the world are based.

The 2010 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award nomination period is from
December 17, 2010, through January 28, 2011. For more information
on the awards and nomination forms, see:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/hsawards/hswards.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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