Increasing evidence shows health impacts from airborne particulate matter, or PM, occur well below the current national ambient air quality standards. As a result, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is convening a four-part conference series to help reassess PM health effects, including in the context of climate change.

BAAQMD’s summary explains that they hope “to facilitate a discussion among nationally recognized scientists, stakeholders, and the Air District to identify the most effective measures to further protect public health,” and to “shine a spotlight on this public health challenge and share information and tools to inform future policy decisions.” Their ultimate goal is to strengthen PM requirements.

This conference series is occurring in parallel with BAAQMD’s rule-making process on PM emissions from Bay Area refinery “cracking units” (Fluid Catalytic Converter Units, or FCCU’s), which break heavy crude oil into usable fuels.  FCCU’s are the largest local industrial sources of PM emissions and are responsible for severe health impacts in front line communities hosting the five Bay Area refineries.

Symposium on Particulate Matter Air Pollution Health Impacts

The first symposium in the series is:

Monday, October 28, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street

Board Room, 1st floor, San Francisco

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BAAQMD designed the agenda to address:

  • PM health effects
    • observed health effects from PM exposure
    • affected biological systems
    • knowledge about the mechanisms
    • population groups most at risk
    • most relevant sensitivities and uncertainties
  • PM exposure and risk
    • PM emissions and sources
    • PM levels in the air
    • community exposure
    • current understanding of PM health risks
    • economic and other costs

Public comments are expected after the 3:00 pm joint discussion. We encourage the public health community, residents from impacted communities and those concerned about the health impacts of air pollution to be present at least during the public comment period.

We hope to see you there: Link to register!