Regional Air Quality Event April 18, 2012 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

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up in the air: what changes in federal air quality standards could mean for minnesota

Air Quality Series: Twin Cities Metro »

Learn about new federal air quality standards, what they could mean for Metro-area businesses and communities, and how we can identify local strategies to improve our air quality and avoid increased regulation through measures that are efficient and effective for Minnesota.

about the program

In light of new research, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently considering setting stricter health-based ambient air quality standards for ground-level ozone and fine particulates. What will these new standards mean for Minnesota businesses and communities?

Minnesota's air quality has improved over the last decade for most pollutants, but there is uncertainty about where new federal standards will be set and whether Minnesota will remain in compliance. In the midst of this uncertainty, Minnesota has a unique opportunity to develop our own solutions to our air quality challenges.

Environmental Initiative is hosting three events, in Minneapolis, Duluth and Rochester, where locally relevant speakers will address the following questions:

  • What do we know about air quality in Minnesota and its impacts on public health?
  • How might proposed changes to federal air quality standards impact Minnesota industries? What sectors are most likely to be impacted?
  • What can Minnesota businesses and communities do to proactively reduce emissions in order to avoid federal nonattainment designations?

This series of events will kick off Minnesota’s Clean Air Dialogue, a facilitated stakeholder process in which leaders from the business, government and nonprofit sectors will identify potential emission reduction strategies that are efficient, effective and beneficial for Minnesotans and Minnesota industries.

Event attendees will have an opportunity to raise questions and concerns—and propose solutions—that will be collected as input for the dialogue.

twin cities metro event 

confirmed speakers to date
  • Jean Johnson, PhD, Minnesota Department of Public Health
  • John Paul, Dayton & Montgomery County (Ohio) Regional Air Pollution Control Agency
  • Ann Seha, Xcel Energy
  • Paul Pagel, Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Registration will open at 11:00 a.m.

St. Anthony Main Event Center
219 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Registration is $10 for members, $15 for non-members and will remain open until Tuesday, April 10 for the Twin Cities Metro event, Questions? Contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext.104. or check out the website