Previous Marin Science Seminar Presentation: "Sitting by a Cozy Fire – Wood burning, Air Quality & Your Health" (February 10, 2016) Download the 2016 Fresh Air February flyer here.
Although wood smoke conjures up fond memories of sitting by a cozy fire, wood smoke can be dangerous to our health, much like cigarette smoke. Wood smoke contains carcinogens among other harmful chemicals. Tiny particles called fine particulate matter can get deep into our lungs and bloodstream. This talk will describe the various ways the Air District applies math and science to measure wood smoke pollution in our air and how residents can help reduce their risk.
Eric Stevenson is a chemical engineer with over 25 years of experience in the environmental field. He has designed remediation systems, performed air pollution emissions permitting, testing and monitoring and, as the current Director of Meteorology, Measurement and Rules at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, manages the Air Monitoring, Laboratory, Source Test, Meteorology, Quality Assurance, Data Management and Rule Development programs. He is a member of various committees and work groups dealing with air quality issues on a local, state and national level, including the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) Air Monitoring Steering Committee, charged with interfacing with the U.S. EPA to develop monitoring rules and guidance.