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01-16-2001

Hopke Appointed Chair Of Epa Clean Air Committee

[A photo of Hopke for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/hopke.jpg.]

Philip K. Hopke, professor of Chemical Engineering at Clarkson University, has been appointed chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) of the EPA. This committee is currently reviewing the scientific basis for airborne particulate matter air quality standards in preparation for the possible promulgation of new regulations in 2002. Airborne particulates have been implicated statistically to additional deaths and illness, and their reduction is a key target of current clean air standards.hopke

Scientific advisory committees at the EPA have a great deal of influence on new regulations. The EPA’s new rules reducing pollution from heavy-duty trucks and buses and cutting sulfur levels in diesel fuel, announced in December 2000, were developed with the assistance of CASAC.

The Environmental Protection Agency assembles scientific advisory committees made up of highly respected scientists, physicians, and regulatory experts. Committees such as CASAC review and approve summaries of current scientific knowledge related to the environmental regulations, and also review policy recommendations.

As chair of CASAC, Hopke will lead a group of seven individuals selected to reflect the knowledge required to fulfill the committee’s mission. Five scientists or engineers, at least one physician, and an individual involved with state or local environmental regulation are included on the committee.

Hopke has testified before Congress on such topics as funding for air quality research; most recently he gave testimony to Congress in October 2000 about residual risk assessment as part of the overall strategy to reduce the risks associated with hazardous air pollutants.

Hopke, a nationally renowned expert on airborne pollution, has been a member of CASAC since 1996. His current research interests include receptor modeling (a method of identifying sources of airborne pollution); particle/gas interaction; and indoor pollution. He also serves on the Research Strategies Advisory Committee and the Air Quality Modeling Subcommittee of the Advisory Commission for Clean Air Act Compliance, both of which are subcommittees of the Science Advisory Board of the EPA.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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