Multiyear Federal Research Plan for Particulate Matter: Within the Context of the NRC's Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter's Report IV   [open pdf - 2MB]

"This report was prepared by the Air Quality Research Subcommittee (AQRS) of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR). [...] In this report, the AQRS evaluates particulate matter (PM) research being conducted or planned across the federal government against the findings and recommendations of the National Research Council (NRC) report, Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter: IV, published in 2004. In addition, this document describes the organizational role of the AQRS for ensuring that the many PM related research projects conducted or supported by the government address the priorities, issues, and challenges identified in the NRC report. It profiles agency research being done under each of the ten topic areas identified in the NRC report, establishes research milestones for major agency-specific research contributions, establishes a process for periodic progress review and refinement, and identifies organizational roles and responsibilities in coordinating cross-agency research. In describing ongoing and planned research, the report provides a description of the broad scope of federal research related to this important issue and identifies areas where additional research attention will be beneficial. [...] Airborne particulate matter (PM*) is widely recognized as a serious environmental and public health concern at levels typical of some U.S. metropolitan areas. EPA estimates that current regulations to reduce air pollution can prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths per year and prevent perhaps hundreds of thousands of annual hospitalizations for cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses. PM obscures scenic vistas in our National Parks and Wilderness Areas, and has an impact on global climate change by perturbing the Earth's radiation balance."

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