Virtual Workshop on Future Health Effects Research on
Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)

FOR POLICY AND TECHNICAL STAFF:
Come engage in discussions with leading industry-affiliated
groups on what studies, methods, and data will help inform
future PM NAAQS reviews.

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2021
10:30 – 1:30 (ET)

Link to virtual program will be
provided to all registrants.
Registration is free.

National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) must be set to protect public health with “an adequate margin of safety.”

EPA just completed its review of the science on fine PM
in December 2020 retaining the 2013 standards
(12 ug/m3 annual and 35 ug/m3 daily) as sufficiently protective given scientific uncertainties in the published epidemiological and other health studies. Comments and studies provided by industry-affiliated stakeholders based on independent research and other assessments were foundational in informing EPA’s and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee’s reviews. Some of the information provided was supported by the PM Research Consortium (an informal group of industry-affiliated scientists) based on a careful assessment of knowledge gaps, input from a wide variety of experts, hosting symposia on novel methods and funding independent researchers leading to peer reviewed papers that became part of EPA’s record.

The March 12 workshop on PM health effects research will focus on new or continuing research ideas and projects being considered by the American Petroleum Institute (API), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI). You will hear from experts from these three organizations on new opportunities each sees to continue to generate high quality scientific studies that will help inform the next cycles of PM NAAQS reviews. There are strong pressures to lower the PM NAAQS, which could cost billions in new capital costs for many sectors of the economy. It is therefore critical that decisions on any new standards be supported by scientifically sound, robust, and defensible information. Supporting this research and continuing to be involved with the leading edge of scientific inquiry on PM allows industry to have a seat at the NAAQS-setting table.

Research on PM health effects needs to focus on remaining scientific uncertainties and research gaps. During the workshop, API, EPRI, and NCASI will present overviews of research needs on topics that include confounding/bias in epidemiological studies, optimal methods for estimation of health benefits from improved air quality, exposure characterization, systematic review, and bridging gaps between epidemiologists and risk assessors. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of the research ideas presented, solicitation of other key project ideas, and identification of possible sources of additional funding.