4187.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Particulate Air Pollution: Re-Emerging Concerns and Public Health Protection

Air pollution episodes in the 1940's and 50's showed the hazards of smoke pollution. As a result, air pollution controls were enacted to control emissions of smoke from industry, power plants, automobiles, and domestic furnaces. While these controls were effective in reducing total loads of particulate air pollution, recent epidemiologic studies have reported increased deaths and morbidity associated with current exposures to particulate air pollution at levels well below the standards set to protect public health. Recent mechanistic studies are providing support for epidemiologic findings. These findings have stimulated a lively national debate on the adequacy of the scientific data used to set our air pollution standards, and the methods used for setting those standards. A task force was formed to identify the weaknesses in the scientific evidence and to develop a national research strategy to provide the information needed to make difficult decisions required to protect the public health in a timely and scientifically sound manner. This symposium will review the current state of that process
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Facilitator(s):Allen Dearry, PhD
Organizer(s):Doug Dockery, PhD
2:30 PMFine Particulate Air Pollution: Smoke and Mirrors of the 90's or Hazard of the New Millenium?
Douglas Dockery, PhD
2:50 PMForging a Research Agenda for Particulate Matter
Jonathan Samet, MD
3:10 PMInterface of Science with Policy
Dan Greenbaum
3:30 PMMechanisms of Particulate Air Pollution Health Effects
John Godleski, MD

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA