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Clarkson Professor Reappointed Chair Of EPA Clean Air Committee

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Philip K. Hopke, Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor, Departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Clarkson University, has been reappointed chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) until 2004.

CASAC is responsible for reviewing the scientific basis for air quality standards covering the major pollutants (particles, ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and lead). Currently the committee is reviewing the problem of airborne particulate matter. Airborne particles have been implicated statistically to deaths and illness, and their reduction is a key target of current clean air standards. Next year, CASAC will begin a review of the basis for ozone regulations and the overall EPA air quality management strategy.hopke

Initially appointed chair of the CASAC in 2000, Hopke leads 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.

As an internationally renowned expert on airborne pollution, Hopke has testified before Congress on such topics as funding for clean air quality research; most recently he gave testimony before Congress about residual risk assessment as part of the overall strategy to reduce the risks associated with hazardous air pollutants. He has also served on a number of national research committees, including the congressionally mandated Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter and the Committee on Air Quality Management.

Hopke has received close to $10 million in external research funding for his work on airborne pollution and air quality.  He was recently named director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES), a new research center established at Clarkson to foster research in air sampling and analysis, receptor modeling, atmospheric deposition, and the application of computational fluid dynamics to air pollution problems. CARES is a founding member of the New York Environmental Quality Systems Center, a network of 12 research institutions, which recently received a $15 million grant from New York’s Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research  (NYSTAR) to study air quality.

He currently serves on the Research Strategies Advisory Committee, which is a committee of the Science Advisory Board of the EPA and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committees on Air Quality Management in the United States and on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter.
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