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Mercury Program Events 2009 Mercury Science & Policy Conference Agenda


2009 Mercury Science & Policy Conference with a Special Focus on the Great Lakes & Northeast Regions

Organized & Sponsored by:
U.S. EPA & Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA)

November 17-18
Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL

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  Tuesday, November 17
  Wednesday, November 18

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 Opening Remarks & Welcome
Speakers: Douglas Scott, Director, IL Environmental Protection Agency & Gary Gulezian, Director, Great Lakes National Program Office
9:15 - 10:15 Session 1 - Opening Plenary
Moderator: Terri Goldberg, NEWMOA
  Ecosystem Science Informing Policy at Spatially Scalable Levels [PDF]
Speaker: David Evers, BioDiversity Research Institute
10:15 -10:30 Break/Posters/Exhibits
10:30 - 12:00 Session 2 - Concurrent Sessions
Session 2A Topic: Sources of Mercury in the Northeast & Great Lakes
Moderator: Peter Pettit, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Where Does that Mercury Come From? A Synthetic Assessment of Mercury & Mono-methylmercury in Fish & Amphibians from the Northeastern United States - view abstract
Speaker: Michael Bank, Harvard School of Public Health

Mercury Monitoring in Precipitation across the Midwest/Great Lakes Region [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: David Gay, University of Illinois

Estimating Mining Contributions: How Can Something So Large be So Elusive? [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: W. Charles Kerfoot, Michigan Technological University

MercNet - A National Framework for Monitoring Spatial & Temporal Changes in Environmental Mercury Loads - view abstract
Speaker: David Schmeltz, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
Session 2B Topic: Mercury Health Effects
Moderator: Paul Lockwood, NH Department of Environmental Services

Assessing Methymercury's Health Impact on Great Lakes Wildlife by Use of Neurochemical Biomarkers [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Nil Basu, University of Michigan

A Dynamic Decision Support Tool for Understanding the Potential Health Impacts of Different Fish Consumption Patterns for Mercury & PCBs in Great Lakes Rivers [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Colin Brooks, Michigan Technological University

Bio-kinetics of Methyl-mercury & Insults to the Developing Fetal Mouse Brain- the Potential Influence of Different Patterns of Fish Consumption in Pregnancy - view abstract
Speaker: Michael Inskip, Health Canada

U.S. EPA Office of Science & Technology Recent Studies of Mercury Concentrations in Fish Tissue in U.S. Lakes & of Existing Mercury Advisories [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: John Wathen, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
12:00 - 1:30 Luncheon
  Tribute to Kate Mahaffey [PDF]
Speakers: Maureen O'Neill, U.S. EPA Region 2 & Elsie Sunderland, Harvard University
1:30 - 3:00 Session 3 - Concurrent Sessions
Session 3A Topic: Mercury Deposition & Impacts on Fish & Wildlife
Moderator: Alexis Cain, U.S. EPA Region 5

Characterizing Mercury Bioaccumulation & Biomagnification in Stream Biota across Large Gradients of Biogeochemistry & Methylmercury Exposure - view abstract
Speaker: Lia Chasar, U.S. Geological Survey

Mercury in Illinois Fishes: Historical Perspectives & Current Issues [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Jeffrey Levengood, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Mercury in Indiana Watersheds - view abstract
Speaker: Martin Risch, U.S. Geological Survey

The Significance of Halogenoxides for Mercury Wet Deposition in the U.S. [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Arnout Ter Schure, Electric Power Research Institute

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
Session 3B Topic: Reducing Mercury Use in Products & Mercury Product Collection Programs
Moderator: Ellie McCann, U.S. EPA Headquarters

Mercury-Containing Polymer Floors & Exposure to Mercury Vapor in School Gymnasiums [PDF] - view abstract
Speakers: Christina Bush, MI Department of Health & Carl Herbrandson, MN Department of Health

Fluorescent Lamp Drum Top Crushers (DTCs) [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: John Gilkeson, MN Pollution Control Agency

Pushing Technology - Replacing Mercury-Added Products [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Beverly Migliore, RI Department of Environmental Management

Trends in Mercury Use in Products: The Latest Analysis of the Mercury-Added Products Database [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Adam Wienert, Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
3:00 - 3:30 Break/Posters/Exhibits
3:30 - 5:30 Session 4 - Concurrent Sessions
Session 4A Topic: Recent Research on Mercury Trends in Fish
Moderator: Dale K. Phenicie, Environmental Affairs Consulting

Mercury in Canadian Great Lakes Fish: A Concern for Human Consumption? - view abstract
Speaker: Satyendra Bhavsar, Ontario Ministry of the Environment

When Can We Eat the Fish? Projections of Recovery Times for Mercury Contaminated Freshwater Fisheries after Mercury Emissions Reductions - view abstract
Speaker: Michael Hutcheson, MA Department of Environmental Protection

Comparison of Fish Tissue, Deposition, & Emission Trends [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Dennis Leonard, DTE Energy

Trend Monitoring of Mercury in National Park Units of the Western Great Lakes Region [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: James Wiener, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
Session 4B Topic: Ecosystem Cycling of Mercury
Moderator: Gary Gulka, VT Department of Environmental Conservation

Mercury Cycling in Urban Settings: The Impacts of Local Mercury Emissions on Soils & Stream Sediments in Central Indiana [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Gabriel Filippelli, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

A Methylmercury Prediction Tool for Surface Waters Across the Contiguous United States - view abstract
Speaker: David Krabbenhoft, U.S. Geological Survey

Geological, Topographic, Climactic, Atmospheric, & Edaphic Controls Concerning Mercury in Uplands, Wetlands, & Streams across Canada [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Mina Nasr, University of New Brunswick

Dynamics of Mercury in Forest Wetland Ecosystems in the Adirondack Region of New York [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Pranesh Selvendiran, LimnoTech

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
6:00 - 8:00 Social Hour at Cavanaugh's - 53 W.Jackson Blvd (cash bar & food)


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

7:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:15 Session 5 - Opening Plenary
Moderator: Debra Jacobson, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Great Lakes Regional Collaboration on Mercury Strategies: Accomplishments & Future Challenges [PDF] - view abstract
Speakers: Alexis Cain, U.S. EPA Region 5 & Joy Taylor-Morgan, MI Department of Environmental Quality

Mercury Reductions in the Northeast: Accomplishments & Future Challenges [PDF] - view abstract
Speakers: Stephanie D'Agostino, NH Department of Environmental Services & Mark Smith, MA Department of Environmental Protection

9:30 - 11:00 Session 6 - Concurrent Sessions
Session 6A Topic: Mercury Health Effects Research
Moderator: Rachel Smith, NEWMOA

Public Health Identification & Interventions of At-Risk Populations from Fish Contamination [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Maureen O'Neill, U.S. EPA Region 2

Methyl-mercury in Freshwater Fish: Sub-lethal & Reproductive Effects at Environmentally Relevant Exposures [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Mark Sandheinrich, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Source Attribution of Mercury Exposure for U.S. Seafood Consumers: Implications for Policy [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Noelle Selin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Seafood Consumption: A Tribute to the Career of the Late Kathryn R. Mahaffey [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Elsie Sunderland, Harvard University

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
Session 6B Topic: Global Mercury Sources
Moderator: Ned Brooks, MN Pollution Control Agency

Vinyl Chloride Monomer from Acetylene with Mercuric Chloride Catalyst - view abstract
Speaker: Frank Anscombe, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5

Global Mercury Emissions Sources: What is the Global Community Doing about Them? [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Marianne Bailey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters

Global Mercury Developments & Their Implications for U.S. Policies [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: David Lennett

Chinese Mercury Emissions: Policies, Prospects, & Implications for North America - view abstract
Speaker: Kenneth Tiedemann, British Columbia Hydro

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
11:00 - 11:15 Break/Posters/Exhibits
11:15 - 12:30 Session 7 - Concurrent Sessions
Session 7A Topic: Reducing Mercury in Waterways in the Great Lakes & Northeast
Moderator: Terri Goldberg, NEWMOA

Minnesota's Comprehensive Mercury Air Emissions Reduction Strategy - Developed to Implement Statewide Mercury TMDL [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Ned Brooks, MN Pollution Control Agency

Northeast Regional TMDL & Northeast States Clean Water Act Section 319(g) Petitions for Mercury [PDF] - view abstract
Speakers: Bethany Card & Susannah King, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission

Preparing a Mercury Reduction Plan for Use as an Implementation Plan for a Mercury TMDL [PDF] - view abstract
Speakers: Robin Heston & Anne Witt, NJ Department of Environmental Protection

The Wisconsin Approach to Mercury Reduction [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Tom Nowicki, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
Session 7B Topic: Mercury Modeling Studies
Moderator: John Graham, NESCAUM

Reducing Uncertainties in Regional Modeling of Atmospheric Mercury [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Tracey Holloway, University of Wisconsin

Progression of Lake Restoration Following Mercury Reductions - view abstract
Speaker: Leonard Levin, Electric Power Research Institute

Measurement Methods for Evaluating Source-Receptor Relationships of Speciated Atmospheric Mercury in Urban Centers & Rural Locations [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Andrew Rutter, University of Wisconsin

MERGANSER: A Model for Predicting Mercury Levels in Wildlife in New England [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Alison Simcox, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 1

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
12:30 - 1:30 Luncheon
  Presentation on Results of the International Mercury Conference in China & Plans for the Upcoming Conference in Halifax [PDF]
Speaker: Leonard Levin, Electric Power Research Institute
1:30 - 3:00 Session 8 - Concurrent Sessions
Session 8A Topic: Mercury Containing Products: Crafting Effective Policy & Measuring Results
Moderator: Becky Jayne, IL Environmental Protection Agency

Key Elements of Mercury Products Legislation
Speaker: Kris Wells, Consultant to the Mercury Policy Project

Industry Perspectives on What Makes for Effective Mercury Products Policy
Speaker: Mark Kohorst, National Electrical Manufacturers Association

Measuring Performance of Lamps and Thermostat Collection Programs: What is Best Practice?
Speaker: Jennifer Nash, Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
Session 8B Topic: Mercury Air Emissions Controls & Projected Impacts
Moderator: Luke Trip, Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Controlling Coal Utility Mercury Emissions: A 2009 Status Report on Control Strategies & Cost Effectiveness [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Praveen Amar, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management

Atmospheric Mercury Monitoring in Canada [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Pierrette Blanchard & Heather Morrison, Environment Canada

Successes in Controlling Mercury Air Emissions in the U.S. & Remaining Challenges [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: Ellen Kurlansky, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters

Promising Mercury Emission Control Strategies for Coal-Fired Utility Boilers [PDF] - view abstract
Speaker: David Michaud, We Energies

  General Discussion, Questions, & Answers
3:00 - 4:15 Closing Plenary
Moderator: Jeri Weiss, U.S. EPA Region 1
  Reflecting on Progress, Challenges, & Moving Forward to Address Mercury
Speakers: Praveen Amar, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management; Eric Uram [PDF], Headwater Consulting; Ed Swain [PDF], MN Pollution Control Agency; George Kuper [PDF], Council of Great Lakes Industries



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