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Air and Climate Change Research

Atmospheric Protection Branch

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Andy Miller, Branch Chief
email: miller.andy@epa.gov
919-541-2920

Office Projects/Activities

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The Atmospheric Protection Branch (APB) is part of EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL), Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division (APPCD), and is located at Research Triangle Park, NC.

APB’s mission (goal/purpose/objective) is to perform risk management research that will make a difference in the environment of Earth and health of its inhabitants. APB has multiple emphases, including climate change, source emissions characterization (biogenics, mobile sources, coal combustion residues, animal feed lots), energy related sustainability, and modeling. The Branch's mission is to obtain and evaluate information on emissions, approaches, and technologies that relate to these areas.

APB conducts in-house and extramural activities with emphasis on in-house research. The in-house program allows EPA to develop and maintain expertise through hands-on experience.
APB personnel provide expertise in the application of current and next generation technologies and can provide guidance on research and development activities to policy and program offices.

Office Projects/Activities

Project Title PI Planned Product(s) Research Type Comments
The Impact of EPA's Green Power Purchases DeCarolis EPA report, journal article Secondary Data EPA report is publicly available: EPA/600/R-07/019
Estimating the Impact of Future Technology Pathways on Global Climate Change DeCarolis Journal Articles Secondary Data Scoping work performed
Emissions Offsets From Wind, Landfill gas, and Municipal Solid Waste Generation DeCarolis
Journal Articles Secondary Data Work is underway by Synapse. Product approved
Estimating the Climatic Impact of Wind Turbines DeCarolis Journal Article Secondary Data
TACT/MARKAL Project Gage Reports Secondary Data
Analysis of Secondary Data on Refrigerant Emissions from Supermarkets Gage Paper Secondary Data
Development of an Ohio State MARKAL Gage Database Secondary Data Final Report in review
Evaluation of the Input-Output Framework Assess Resource Scarcity Gage Report Basic Research
Prescribed Fire and Biological Particle Emission sampling Geron Articles; Sampling & Analysis reporting phase
Biosphere-Atmosphere Trace Gas Exchange and Aerosol Processes Geron Articles & database Model Development reporting phase
Development of an Energy Scenario Strategy for the SE U.S. Johnson Report, journal paper, GIS data coverage
Coal plant multimedia data collection- EP-C-07-015;WA-03 Johnson Data are in spread sheet format Secondary Data Complete
CO2 Capture and Sequestration Johnson EPA Report, journal paper Secondary Data This work was included in an EPA report (MARKAL Scenario Analyses of Technology Options for the Electric Sector); independent journal publication will be pursued.
Adaptation Workshop
EP-C-07-015
Johnson Workshop plus report
Ecosystem Service Impacts of Large-scale Biofuels Production in the Upper Midwest #CR83371701-0 (co-operative agreement with Iowa State University) Johnson Journal articles, reports Applied Research
Environmental Impacts of Large-scale Biofuels Production in the Northern Great Plains #CR83372301-0 (co-operative agreement with Kansas State University) Johnson Journal articles, reports Applied Research Work plan being finalized
Soak Time/Start Time Distribution Analysis Kimbrough Report Secondary Data Report Complete - EPA/600-R-07-075
Data Mining & Analysis of Data from Selected FHWA Data sets Kimbrough Report Secondary Data Report Complete - EPA/600-R-07-096
Develop Methodologies for Estimation of Emissions from Highway Vehicles Kimbrough Report and Model Model Development; Secondary Data Report Complete - EPA/600-R-07-106
Heavy Vehicle Data Collection and Reduction Kimbrough NA Technology Development Work in conjunction with John Kinsey's  Road Side Emission project, which will prepare the work products. No additional funding expected through this mechanism.
Near Roadway Emission Characterization Kimbrough EPA report, journal article Applied Research
ESTE Biomass Co-firing in industrial boilers Kirchgessner ETV report Sampling Analysis In final EPA review
ETV ACES-II Diesel Fuel Additive Kirchgessner ETV report Basic Research Testing invalidated - no report to be published
ETV Fuel Cell Energy, Inc. - DFC 300A Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell Combined Heat and Power System Kirchgessner ETV report Basic Research Completed
ETV Electric Power and Heat Production Using Renewable Biogas at Patterson Farms Kirchgessner ETV report Basic Research Completed
EP-W-05-045, WA 3-03: Enhancements to the Multimedia Integrated Modeling System and the Analysis Engine Table Application Loughlin Updated MIMS and Analysis Engine Table software, source code, and release notes Software development and data management  This is complete except for final deliverable.
EP-W-05-045, WA 2-06 Characterizing the Geographic Allocation of Future Anthropogenic Sources of Criteria Pollutant Emissions Loughlin Executable, source code, and documentation of the allocation tool prototype Software development and data management  This is complete except for final deliverable.
GAMS Model for the Emissions Trading Sector: Code inspection and review Loughlin Review Memo Software development and data management
Global Technology Database Shay EPA9R - 9 Region MARKAL Database Basic Research Database is going through a review process by outside contractor
Global Technology Database Shay EPANMD - National MARKAL Database Secondary Data Database documentation: NRMRL-RTP-375
Support Review and Calibration of US EPA MARKAL 9 Region Model Database Shay Report Secondary Data
Characterization of Coal Combustion Residues Thorneloe Series of 4 EPA report and journal publications Applied Research Active
Update of EPA's Landfill Gas Emission Factors Thorneloe EPA Report Secondary Data
Life-Cycle Study of Fate of Hg, As, and Se on CCR Management Thorneloe EPA Report Secondary Data Active
Developing a Decision Support Tool for Assessing Environmental Data to Evaluate Management of Coal Combustion Residues Thorneloe EPA Report (with individual field test reports as appendices) Model Development
Field Testing of 5 Landfills (CRADA project) Thorneloe EPA Report (with individual field test reports as appendices) Sampling and analysis Complete except for publication
Optical Remote Sensing Development and Application (Co-funded by OSWER) Thorneloe Sampling and Analysis Work assignment contains follow-on funding for several earlier work assignments
DST for Decontaminated Bldg Residues and Disaster Debris - Decision Support Tool and Guidance Document for Management of Debris from Incidents of National Significant Thorneloe   Software and Development Data
Landfill Gas as a Pathway (Homeland Security Project) Thorneloe Series of Journal Publications Applied Research reporting phase
Fugitive Emissions from Bioreactor Landfills Thorneloe 2 EPA Reports and several journal publications Sampling and Analysis  Complete except for publication
Guidance for Evaluating LFG Emissions at Old Landfills and Superfund/Brownfield Sites Thorneloe 4 EPA Reports and several journal and conference publications Technology Development Complete except for publication
Life-Cycle Study of Integrated Waste Management/Transitioning to Materials Management Thorneloe Journal Publications Applied Research Complete except for publication
Landfill Gas Emission Model (LandGEM) Thorneloe Software and User's Manual Software development and data management  Complete except for publication
Measurement of Hg in Landfill Gas Thorneloe EPA Report and journal publications Sampling and Analysis Complete except for publication
Measurement of Mercury and Fugitive Gaseous Emissions at Landfill Bioreactor Thorneloe Journal Basic Research Reporting phase
Determination of Atmospheric Ammonia Concentrations in Agricultural Regions Using Passive Filter Technology Walker Journal Articles Basic Research
Atmospheric Deposition of NH3 in the Vicinity of a Swine Production Facility Walker Journal Articles  Basic Research Reporting phase
Nitrogen Trace Gas Emissions from Ecosystems Affected by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Walker Journal Articles Basic Research
Exchange of small particles between the atmosphere and vegetation: Determination of size-distributed fluxes and in-canopy concentration profiles Walker Journal Articles  

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