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Now available: HEI comments on EPA transparency proposal

August 20, 2018

HEI President Dan Greenbaum provided oral testimony on July 17 at a hearing convened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., on its proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule. His oral comments, and HEI’s longer written comments on the proposed rule, are available below.

HEI publishes report on household air pollution and noncommunicable disease

July 31, 2018

HEI has published Communication 18, a critical assessment of the state of the science examining the linkages between household air pollution formed by the burning of solid fuels and noncommunicable diseases. The report updates previous systematic reviews with the most recent studies. It answers fundamental questions on the scientific basis for estimating health burden and what the evidence suggests about the exposure reductions necessary to achieve improved health outcomes. The Summary for Policy Makers, based on Communication 18, presents the main conclusions about exposures to household air pollution and about its contribution to noncommunicable diseases globally.

Communication 18
HEI Household Air Pollution Working Group
July 2018

Communication 18 provides a critical assessment of the state of the science examining the linkages between household air pollution formed by the burning of solid fuels and noncommunicable diseases. The report updates previous systematic reviews with the most recent studies. It answers fundamental questions on the scientific basis for estimating health burden and what the evidence suggests about the exposure reductions necessary to achieve improved health outcomes. The Summary for Policy Makers, based on Communication 18, presents the main conclusions about exposures to household air pollution and about its contribution to noncommunicable diseases globally.

Unpublished report
Edmond Seto
Elena Austin
Graeme Carvlin
Jeffry Shirai
Alan Hubbard
Katherine Hammond
Ying-Ying Meng
Michael Jerrett
Ronald Cohen
July 2018

This unpublished report describes a one-year study aimed at evaluating low-cost sensors in a dense network of near-road monitoring sites in the San Francisco Bay area. The overarching goal was to evaluate the ability of low-cost sensors to characterize traffic-related air pollution. The specific aims were to (1) colocate and compare low-cost sensors with regulatory instruments and (2) evaluate the ability of the low-cost sensors to characterize variations in traffic-related air pollution that are associated with different traffic counts. The topic of the study is of interest since the development and use of low-cost air pollution sensors are progressing rapidly, and these sensors have the potential to transform the way air pollution research is conducted.

Three receive HEI's Student and Postdoc Travel Award

June 25, 2018

This year HEI conferred its first three Student and Postdoc Travel Awards, identifying promising new scientists and bringing them to the HEI Annual Conference to share their work and engage with the range of investigators and stakeholders who gather for the event. A large number of excellent applications were submitted, representing a wide range of environmental health science topics and approaches.

Annual Conference features timely discussions on air pollution and health

June 25, 2018

Some 170 experts from academia, government, industry, and nongovernmental organizations gathered in Chicago, Illinois, in late April and early May for HEI’s 32nd Annual Conference. The three-day meeting featured discussion of the latest research on air pollution and health, perspectives on historical and future environmental health policies, and many informal opportunities for attendees to meet and engage with others sharing similar interests. 

Making the MOSES data and specimens available

May 14, 2018

HEI is making available to the public the database and material of the Multicenter Ozone Study in oldEr Subjects (MOSES). In the interest of scientific transparency and to encourage the broadest possible use of the data and the material, HEI has set up a streamlined process to access the data and the material (subject to the limited quantities available). The MOSES database may be accessed by anyone who is interested. Any qualified researcher from a not-for-profit US research center interested in doing specific analyses can request the samples.

Study evaluates metrics of exposure to traffic-related air pollutants in Atlanta

April 23, 2018

Research Report 196, Developing Multipollutant Exposure Indicators of Traffic Pollution: The Dorm Room Inhalation to Vehicle Emissions (DRIVE) Study, describes a study by Dr. Jeremy A. Sarnat that evaluated single- and multipollutant metrics of exposure to traffic-related air pollutants near and farther away from a major highway in Atlanta, as well as biological markers in a panel of students.

Research Report 196
Jeremy A Sarnat
Armistead (Ted) G Russell
Donghai Liang
Jennifer L Moutinho
Rachel Golan
Rodney J Weber
Dong Gao
Stephanie Ebelt Sarnat
Howard H Chang
Roby Greenwald
Tianwei Yu
April 2018

Research Report 196, Developing Multipollutant Exposure Indicators of Traffic Pollution: The Dorm Room Inhalation to Vehicle Emissions (DRIVE) Study, describes a study by Dr. Jeremy A. Sarnat that evaluated single- and multipollutant metrics of exposure to traffic-related air pollutants near and farther away from a major highway in Atlanta, as well as biological markers in a panel of students.

Study examines impacts of emissions regulations in the Atlanta area

April 17, 2018

HEI has published Research Report 195, which describes a study led by Dr. Ted Russell at the Georgia Institute of Technology as part of HEI’s Accountability Research Program. Dr. Russell and colleagues examined the extent to which regulations targeting power plants and mobile sources in the Atlanta area were effective in improving air quality and ultimately reducing cardiorespiratory emergency department visits.