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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development is hosting a web summit 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 methods (building HVAC systems or portable, free-standing air filtration systems).

The event is open to registered attendees interested in the topic. Because of limited space, we encourage groups to register as one and participate together if feasible. There will be opportunities to engage with speakers in discussion through the webinar platform.

Check our event webpage for speaker information and agenda updates.

June 12

Session 1 – Setting the Stage 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET

Presentations and discusson of the public health impacts of wildland fires, including consideration of indoor air exposures during wildland fire smoke episodes.

Wayne Cascio, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, US EPA
Sarah Henderson, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Pete Lahm, US Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management

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

Sarah Coefield, Missoula City-County Health Department
Kris Ray, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Jeff Wagner, Outdoor Air Quality Section, Environmental Health Laboratory, California Department of Health
Julie Fox, WA State Department of Health

June 13

Session 3: State of Technology to Improve Indoor Air During High Outdoor Pollution Concentrations – Part I

Technical findings on methods to reduce indoor air pollution concentrations, including research conducted during wildfire episodes and other high pollution scenarios

Jeff Siegel, Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto
Andrew Persily, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Jeff Williams, California Air Resources Board
Rengie Chan, Indoor Environment Department, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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

Mike Bergin, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University
Ryan Allen, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Terry Brennan, Camroden Associates Inc.
Joe Beres, Depatrment of State

Source of original article: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Public Health Professionals Gateway (
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