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About EPA

About the Air and Energy Management Division (AEMD) of EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL)

What We Do

The Air and Energy Management Division (AEMD) develops and assesses methods and technologies to characterize and mitigate emissions of air pollutants. AEMD conducts research to understand harmful effects of air pollutants and evaluates air pollution control technologies. 

AEMD's research includes:

  • developing methods needed to determine the contributions of various emission sources to the formation of ozone and particulate matter in the atmostphere, and hazardous air pollutants in  outdoor and indoor environments
  • characterizing and evaluating sources and source control technologies to manage and reduce risk from volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants from industrial, built environment, and consumer product sources
  • understanding the performance and environmental implications of alternative energy technologies and energy system pathways that can improve the cost-effectiveness of air quality and greenhouse gas management
  • developing tools and data to evaluate the system-wide implications of these changes in the energy system. 

AEMD performs research on measurement methods, combustion modification techniques, and other pollution control techniques to understand their capacity to reduce emissions such as fine particulates, toxic metals, chlorinated organics, and ozone precursors.

Acting Director Lara Phelps