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Air quality and coal research symposium to be held Dec. 2-3

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 22, 2004) -- Advances in air quality and clean coal science by Ohio researchers will be highlighted during the Ohio Air Quality and Coal Research Symposium, Dec. 2-3 at Ohio University's Walter Hall.

The annual Ohio Air Quality Symposium and Ohio Coal Research Forum, sponsored by the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) and its Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO), respectively, have been combined into an expanded event. Researchers, policy-makers, industry professionals, association leaders and students will present their cutting-edge findings and what the future needs portend for such work.

"OAQDA strongly supports research efforts aimed at developing new technologies and processes that provide methods for using energy sources cleanly and more efficiently," said Mark Shanahan, executive director of OAQDA. "The Symposium provides the opportunity for researchers, who often work in relative isolation, to meet and share ideas for improving Ohio air quality,"

Panelists include officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Battelle, the Center for Clean Air Policy and OAQDA, among several others.

The first day's keynote speaker is expected to be Rita Bajura, director of the National Energy Technology Lab of the U.S. Department of Energy. The second day's keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark Shanahan, executive director of OAQDA. Ohio University President Roderick McDavis will open the event.

Six concurrent sessions covering various aspects of air quality and clean coal technology research and development will be offered, along with a tour of the Sorbent Technology Corporation's clean coal demonstration at Ohio University's Lausche power plant.

The full agenda can be viewed at www.ohioairquality.org/symposium/index.asp Registration is $75. Currently enrolled students may register free of charge, but must show a current student ID at the door.

The symposium is sponsored by the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority and its Ohio Coal Development Office, and Ohio University's Center for Air Quality, Office of Research and Creative Activity, Russ College of Engineering and Technology and Ohio Coal Research Center, and the Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs.

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