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Web Summit - Clean Air Spaces: Indoor Air Filtration to Protect Public Health During Wildland Fire Smoke Episodes - What are the Knowns and Unknowns?

Date and Time

Wednesday 06/12/2019 11:30AM EDT to Thursday 06/13/2019 4:00PM EDT
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Location

Web Summit
(Remote Participation Available)
Research Triangle Park, NC

Details

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development is hosting a web summit over June 12-13 (11:30-4:00, ET each day) to share information on what we know about the effectiveness of air filtration methods to improve indoor air quality during wildland fire episodes.

This web summit will bring together representatives from public health organizations from multiple levels of government and the scientific research community to share current knowledge about wildland fire smoke episodes and reducing indoor air pollution concentrations through air filtration. The event is open to registered attendees interested in the topic. There will be opportunities to engage with speakers in discussion through the webinar platform.
 

Registration

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Gilliane Davison.


Agenda:

Presenter Information

**This is a preliminary schedule. Speaker and agenda information will be updated regularly**
 

JUNE 12

Session 1 – Setting the Stage 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET
Presentations and discussion of the public health impacts of wildland fires, including consideration of indoor air exposures during wildland fire smoke episodes
Moderator: Stacey Katz, Office of the Assistant Administrator, US EPA Office of Research and Developement
Wayne Cascio, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, US EPA
Presentation Title: Wildfire Smoke and Public Health - Why is the EPA Concerned? 
Sarah Henderson, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Presentation Title: Wildfire Smoke is the Worst Kind of House Guest 
Pete Lahm, US Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management
Presentation Title: Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program
 
Session 2 - Insights from Public Health Agencies 2:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Experiences presented by public health agency representatives regarding wildland fire preparedness and response, specifically related to reducing public exposures during smoke events
Moderator: Gail Robarge, Office of the Assistant Administrator, US EPA Office of Research and Developement
Sarah Coefield, Missoula City-County Health Department
Presentation Title: Mitigation Measures in Missoula County: A Look at Smoke-readiness in Missoula County, Montana
Kris Ray, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Presentation Title: Filters in Our Lives, Decreasing Our Exposure to Wildland Smoke
Jeff Wagner, Outdoor Air Quality Section, Environmental Health Laboratory, California Department of Health
Presentation Title: Potential Health Impacts of Particles and Gases Emitted by Wildfires

Julie Fox, WA State Department of Health
Presentation Title: Challenges in Protecting Health in Wildfire Smoke Response in Washington: A Growing List of Questions

JUNE 13

Session 3 – State of Technology to Improve Indoor Air During High Outdoor Pollution Concentrations – Part I 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET
Technical findings on methods to reduce indoor air pollution concentrations, including research conducted during wildfire episodes and other high pollution scenarios
Moderator: Amara Holder, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, US EPA Office of Research and Developement
Jeff Siegel, Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto
Presentation Title: Residential Forced Air Systems During Extreme Events: Help or Hinderance?
Andrew Persily, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Presentation Title:  ASHRAE Indoor Air Quality Standards and Wildfire Smoke Events
Jeff Williams, California Air Resources Board
Presentation Title: Reducing Exposure to Wildfire Smoke
Rengie Chan, Indoor Environment Department, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Presentation Title: Health Benefits and Cost Estimates of Filtration Interventions During 2003 Southern California Wildfires
 
Session 4 – State of Technology to Improve Indoor Air During High Outdoor Pollution Concentrations – Part II 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Continuation of presentations and discussion on methods to reduce indoor air pollution concentrations during wildfire episodes and other high pollution scenarios
Moderator: Gayle Hagler, National Exposure Research Laboratory, US EPA Office of Research and Developement
Mike Bergin, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University
Presentation Title: Does Indoor Air Filtration in Polluted Environments Really Improve Health?
Ryan Allen, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Presentation Title: Portable Air Cleaners, Cardiovascular Health, and Fetal Growth: Results from Randomized Studies in Canada and Mongolia

Terry Brennan, Camroden Associates Inc.
Presentation Title: Making a Safe Indoor Space During High Pollution Outdoor Events
Joe Beres, Department of State
Presentation Title: Reducing Exposure to Air Pollution by Improving Indoor Air Quality