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Our Projects in 2005

For a summary of NESCAUM's current efforts, see the 40th Anniversary Report.

 

During our 2005 Fiscal Year, NESCAUM worked on a vast array of projects in support of our member states. Many of the projects culminated in technical analysis, published reports, and workshops designed to provide technical support to our member states or disseminate state-of-the-art information to state staff working on air pollution control issues.

Projects completed during FY 2005 include the following:

New Jersey Truck Stop Electrification
NESCAUM worked with NJ DEP to implement a truck stop electrification project in Paulsboro, NJ.
CT Title V Toxics
NESCAUM provided assistance to CT DEP by analyzing hazardous air pollutant (HAP) monitoring data that have been collected throughout the state since 1995. This project analyzed the existing monitoring data for information on spatial patterns, temporal profiles, and general characteristics of air toxic concentrations in the vicinity of the monitoring sites.
MARKAL Software
Software was developed to assist states to better understand the economic and environmental (GHG plus criteria air pollutants) implications for options for implementation of the regional Climate Action Plan.
Clean Distributed Generation & Combined Heat and Power Initiative
NESCAUM facilitated EPA's goal of promoting increased reliance on clean distributed generation and combined heat and power technologies in the Northeast, this initiative will assist the Northeast states in managing the environmental impacts of existing generation capacity in the region, while identifying potential benefits and policy changes needed to effectively promote new clean and highly efficient DG technologies.
Output-Based Standards
NESCAUM worked with EPA's Clean Energy Office in Washington, DC, to roll out their recently published handbook, "Output-Based Regulations: A Handbook for Air Regulators." In concert with the northeastern states' air regulatory division offices, NESCAUM introduced EPA's handbook to its Board of Directors and then followed up with a training workshop for state air division working staff.
Air Pollution and Human Health at Acadia National Park & Mt. Washington
NESCAUM administered surveys to summer visitors to Acadia National Park and Mt. Washington to identify outdoor activities, and awareness of air quality problems at the park. The results of the survey will enable the Park Service, ALA of ME and other interested organizations to better inform the public.
EPA GHG Inventories
NESCAUM completed updated GHG inventories for the New England states (less CT inventory work already completed) and prepared a report.
CAMNET Projects
Additional sites for were added to the CAMNET project: Frostburg, MD, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Maine, and Presque Isle, Maine.
CT AG Sammis
NESCAUM provided technical support through testimony services for the CT Attorney General's office on various emission control technologies for NOx, PM, and SOx.
Mobile Source 101 - Tribal Training
NESCAUM provided logistical support and training for tribal representatives on mobile source issues as they relate to pollution creation and control. State staff and a contractor were used as instructors to provide the training.
NSR Report - State Funds
NESCAUM surveyed its eight member states' permits for pollution sources to determine compliance with weakened New Source Review (NSR) requirements. The report that was generated will be used by the member states as technical support for ongoing NSR analyses.
RGGI
NESCAUM provided support for to facilitate the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) - a cooperative effort by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Adaptation Conference
NESCAUM facilitated a workshop organized to provide direction and increasing momentum toward meeting the specific goals outlined in the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan, which, when signed in2001, became the nation's first regional climate action model.
BACT Impact
This effort provided information on SO2 and NOX emissions in the Eastern US with special emphasis on large emitting facilities in the Midwest.
CT Clean School Bus Project - Norwich
The project involved retrofitting diesel fueled school buses Norwich, CT.
Greenhouse Gas Registry Project
The regional greenhouse gas registry (RGGR) for the Northeast was launched Oct 2003. The registry used quantification and reporting protocols based on the GHG Protocol. NESCAUM coordinated work on RGGR with the California Climate Action Registry and looks to adopt the California Registry's data collection software, insofar as the software can support the functions of RGGR.
Hewlett I (Pavley)
NESCCAF conducted a series of technical and policy studies evaluating opportunities and timeframes for producing less polluting and more fuel-efficient motor vehicles. A top priority was an assessment of near-term opportunities to reduce GHG emissions from the light-duty motor vehicle fleet. Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Light-Duty Motor Vehicles was released September 23, 2004.

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