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NNEMS Project 2011-306

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The deadline for applying to the 2011 program was March 4, 2011. Details and program materials are provided for reference purposes.

Program Announcement
Identifier: EPA-EED-11-01

NNEMS Catalog for 2011
(EPA 171-B-11-001)

[PDF, 3.0 MB, 90 pages]

NNEMS Application Materials
[PDF, 1 MB, 17 pages]

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2008 National Emissions Inventory (NEI) Development and Data Analysis

Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards

The Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) is part of EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. Its primary mission is to preserve and improve air quality in the United States. To accomplish this, OAQPS compiles and reviews air pollution data; develops regulations to limit and reduce air pollution; assists states and local agencies with monitoring and controlling air pollution; makes information about air pollution available to the public; and reports to Congress the status of air pollution and the progress made in reducing pollution.

The purpose of the project is to use database tools, such as Microsoft (MS) Access and MS Excel, as well as the reporting features of the Emission Inventory System (EIS), a data system which houses the National Emissions Inventory (NEI) data, to develop analyses on point source data. One area of potential analysis involves comparison of NEI facility data to data collected as part of regulation development. The data collected as part of regulation development are not included in EIS; these data are often stored in MS Access or Excel. One use of rule development data comparisons is to analyze and improve regulatory codes in the NEI. For example, the fellow may use the Boiler MACT rule development Excel database to review regulatory codes in EIS for units subject to the Boiler MACT rule.

The fellow may also conduct general data analyses of emissions data in an effort to conduct estimates from specific source categories. An example of such data analysis would be comparisons of organic compound (OC), part of fine particulate emissions, by source category to ambient OC data that has been apportioned to sources using receptor modeling studies.

The fellow should have a strong working knowledge of MS Access and Excel.

During this project the fellow will investigate NEI data and emission inventories analytical tools. The fellow will: (1) gain an understanding of the development of air emission inventories and assessment of the quality of inventory data collected from state and local air pollution control agencies, and how to develop the National Emissions Inventory from these data; (2) gain technical skills to solve environmental problems that are associated with emissions of hazardous and criteria air pollutants, (3) interact with and observe EPA technical and policy staff and management; and (4) learn to better apply technical skills to solve environmental problems that are associated with release of pollutants.

Final Product:
The fellow will develop maps, tables, graphs, and presentations on his or her project work. The fellow will also develop a final report and presentation that summarizes all of the data investigations that he or she conducted.

Desired Level of Education:
Junior to Graduate Student

Project Location:
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Project Period:
5/10/2011 to 8/20/2011

Project Officer:
Dennis Shipman

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