Forum Provides Citizens Chance to Ask Experts About Air Quality

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HOUSTON (October 29, 2010) – Local and national environmental experts discuss Houston’s current air quality status, continuing improvement and future challenges during a Clean Air Forum at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel November 4th. Technical sessions, including a keynote luncheon by TCEQ Chairman Bryan Shaw, target environmental professionals. A free public session with state and local environmental agencies, industry and environmental activists addresses future air
quality challenges and shares information with citizens on monitoring and reporting odors, pollution and health events.

What: Clean Air Forum Technical & Public Information Sessions
Where: University of Houston Hilton Hotel
When: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote [11:45 – 12:45]
Dr. Bryan Shaw, Chairman, TCEQ
Technical Session Presenters [1-3 p.m & 3-5* p.m.]
Susana Hildebrand, P.E., TCEQ; Dr. Morton Lippmann, New York University
Dr. Joel Schwartz, Harvard University; Dr. James Swenberg, University of N.C.
Michael Dourson, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment
Dr. Vincent Covello,* Center for Risk Communication
Public Session Welcome & Clean Air Champion Award [6:00 – 6:25 p.m.]
Sylvia R. Garcia, Harris County Commissioner Precinct 2
Public Session Panel [6:25 – 7:30 p.m.]
Elena Craft, Ph.D., Environmental Defense; Cathy Culpepper, INEOS NOVA
Michael Honeycutt, Ph.D.,Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
David E. Persse, MD, EMT-P, FACEP, City of Houston; Bob Allen, Harris County
Speaker Interview Opportunities: [11:15 – Noon; 12:45 – 1:00; 3:00 – 3:15]
Public & Panel Photo Opportunities: [5:00 – 8:00 p.m.]
Public asking questions of panelists, engaging with agencies in information booths, and
learning hands-on techniques to track air quality data and report odor or pollution events.

Contact: Dennis Winkler, Winkler Public Relations