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Executive Summary of AAQTF Actions Taken at January 2002 Meeting

Executive summary of the actions taken by the Task Force at their January, 2002 meeting, including links to the research recommendations on particulate matter and ozone, and a report from the CAFO sub-committee on their activities.

Actions taken from Agricultural Air Quality Task Force meeting held in Phoenix, Jan 16th-17th:

  1. The Emissions Factors Subcommittee - presented preliminary findings of their survey - indicated two top emission factors needing development were emissions from CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) and emissions from agricultural burning.
  2. The Research Subcommittee - approved an updated list of research priorities related to air quality. This revised document places development of accurate particulate (PM 10 and PM 2.5) emission factors as our top priority. The second and third highest priority items are improving sampling methodologies for PM 10 and PM 2.5, and determining the contribution of agricultural activities to ambient levels of PM 10 and PM 2.5. Many other important priorities are spelled out in the document but these were determined to be of highest priority. (See attached paper.)
  3. The CAFO Subcommittee - presented a brief outline of accomplishments to date and plans for future accomplishments.
  4. The AAQTF reiterated its commitment to supporting the National Academy of Sciences project on air emissions from CAFOs.
  5. The AAQTF members wrote an issue paper on "emission reduction credits as an incentive to voluntary compliance."The AAQTF accepted the paper and agreed to further investigate the applicability of this issue.
  6. The AAQTF agreed to form an Implementation Subcommittee to look at and further develop, the Emission Reduction Credits paper, to make recommendations on how to deal with monitoring for particulates for implementation of a standard, and to examine application of dispersion modeling for emission sources.