Air Monitoring: Overcoming real-time air toxics monitoring challenges an ENVR Centennial Symposium at #ACSdallas
Presiding: Joseph Sabol
Wednesday March 19, 2014
Marriott Dallas City Center, 650 North Pearl St. Dallas, TX, Bordeaux Room 8:30am-11am
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Tara Capobianco of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Tara earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. She joined the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in 1997, where she began her career by helping the agency develop its Title V Operating Permits Program. She continues her employment with the TCEQ and has worked on air-related issues ever since. Tara performed air rule development for the agency early in her career, and her most notable projects included the rulemaking that allowed the state to obtain full approval of its Title V program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), followed by the rulemaking to address EPA’s Notice of Deficiency of the Title V program shortly after. Tara has served the TCEQ as the team leader of the Air Permits Rules Development Team and as a technical specialist in the Air Permits Coatings and Combustion New Source Review Section. Tara has most recently served as the TCEQ’s first Air Pollutant Watch List Coordinator, which is the TCEQ’s program for addressing those areas of the state where ambient air monitoring data show persistent, elevated concentrations of air toxics. Tara and her colleagues at the TCEQ recently developed a paper discussing the TCEQ’s approach for reducing air toxic emissions, which was published in the Journal of Air & Waste Management Association in April 2013. Tara now works out of the TCEQ’s Corpus Christi Regional Office and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.
FEATURED SPEAKER: Dr. Elena Craft
Dr. Elena Craft is a Health Scientist at Environmental Defense Fund, a non-profit,
non-governmental, and non-partisan environmental organization. Dr. Craft’s
background is in molecular toxicology; she holds a M.S. degree in toxicology from NC
State University, and a PhD from Duke University. She also holds an adjunct
assistant professorship at the University of Texas School of Public Health in the
Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, & Environmental Sciences. Her research
experience includes work at both the US EPA and the National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences, where she studied the health effects resulting from
exposure to environmental pollutants such as PCBs, dioxins, and metals. Over the
last 7 years, she has worked to identify, monitor, and mitigate risk from
environmental pollution in highly industrial areas, most specifically around port
areas and petrochemical facilities. The citizens who live and work near this massive
petrochemical complex are exposed to a disproportionate burden of health risks, as many
of the areas surrounding these facilities are pollution “hotspots,” where the concentrations
of specific pollutants in the areas exceed health-based guidelines.
In the course of her work, Dr. Craft has served in a variety of capacities to advise
local, regional, and national planning organizations on a diverse set of
environmental and environmental justice issues, including serving as the current
chair for the Houston Regional Air Quality Planning Committee, advisor to the Clean
Air Task Force of Central Texas, and advisor to the Texas state environmental
agency in developing a remediation program for pollution hotspot areas around the
state. In addition, Dr. Craft has participated in research endeavors regarding the
health effects associated with living in areas where the concentrations of certain
pollutants exceed state-adopted health-based screening guidelines, most recently
presenting her efforts at the Society of Toxicology Annual meeting on incorporating
risk assessment methods as a practical tool for assessing health risks from
environmental exposures. Dr. Craft has testified at a number of national hearings,
given lectures at a number of universities, and has been interviewed by local,
national, and international media on environmental issues, presenting scientific
information from a health-based perspective. She is also a member of the Society of
Toxicology and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and has
authored several peer-reviewed papers.
Brown, Kenneth Klein
EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, and include postdoctoral training.)
INSTITUTION AND LOCATION
DEGREE (If applicable)
FIELD OF STUDY
RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
A. Positions and Honors. List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with your present position. List any honors. Include present membership on any Federal Government public advisory committee.
1969 - 1970 Biochemical Technician, Difco Laboratories
1970 - 1973 Quality Control Technician,
1973 - 1975 Research Technician, Energy Development Assocs.
1976 - 1976 Analytical Chemist, Schrader Analytical
1976 - 1978 Analytical Chemist,
Testing Laboratory Detroit
1978 - 1980 Chemical Analyst, Ford Motor Company
1981 - 1982 Teaching Assistant,
1983 - 1988 Chemist,
Food and Drug Administration US
1988 - Present Research Chemist & Team Leader, NIOSH
1981 Scholarship to
1983 Cooperative Scholarship FDA/Oakland University
1992 Superior Work Performance from DHHS by William Roper
1995 Special Act or Service Award from DHHS by David Satcher
1996 Nominee for the Alan Shepard Award
1997 CDC/ASTDR Mentoring program Awarded by Dr David Satcher
2008 Bullard-Sherwood Award for Research-to-Practice
B. Selected peer-reviewed publications or manuscripts (2009-2003). This may include manuscripts submitted or accepted if included in the appendix.
S. E. Anderson, K. K. Brown, L. F. Butterworth, A. Fedorowicz, L. G. Jackson, H. F. Frasch, D. Beezhold, A. E. Munson, and B. J. Meade; Evaluation of irritancy and sensitization potential of metalworking fluid mixtures and components. Journal of Immunotoxicology, 2009, in press.
K. K. Brown and K. Robinson; High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Identification, Quantification, and Fractionation of a Suspect Allergen, 4-Chloro-3-methylphenol, in an LLNA-Positive Metalworking Fluid. Tribology Transactions, Jan/Feb 2008.
K. K. Brown, K. L. Cheever, M A Butler, P B. Shaw and J L. McLaurin; Synthesis, characterization, and use of 2-[(2H9)butoxy]acetic acid and 2-(3-methylbutoxy)acetic acid as an internal standard and an instrument performance surrogate, respectively, for the gas chromatographic–mass spectrometric determination of 2-butoxyacetic acid, a human metabolite of 2-butoxyethanol, Journal of Chromatography B, Volume 792, Issue 2, 25 July 2003, Pages 153-166.
R. Glaser, J. Pretty, K. Brown, J. Arnold, R.A. Lunsford, and S.-H. Park; Analytical method research for metalworking fluids at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Gefahrstoffe – Reinhaltung der Luft, Volume 63, No. 6, June 2003, Pages 237-240.
C. B'Hymer, K. L. Cheever, M. A. Butler and K. K. Brown; Procedure for the quantification of the biomarker (2-methoxyethoxy)acetic acid in human urine samples, Journal of Chromatography B, Volume 795, Issue 1, 25 September 2003, Pages 145-150
C. J. Hines, J. A. Deddens, C. A.F. Striley, R. E. Biagini, D. A. Shoemaker, K. K. Brown, B. A. MacKenzie, and D. R. Hull; Biological Monitoring for Selected Herbicide Biomarkers in the Urine of Exposed Custom Applicators: Application of Mixed-effect Models, Ann Occup Hyg 2003 47: 503-517.
C. Project Support. List both selected ongoing and completed (during the last 3 years) projects. Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the study proposed in this application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the key person identified on the Biographical Sketch.
Dr. Brown is currently working as Project Officer, Research Chemist, and Team Leader. As Project officer, he wrote, won funding, and managing the research project titled "Chemical Exposure Monitor for Indoor Positioning". As Research Chemist, developing GC-MS analytical methods for the Diacetyl Exposure Assessment Research Study and manage a GC-MS analytical chemistry instrument laboratory. As Team Leader, he conducts weekly team meetings, providing performance, attendance, and purchasing supervision for the Worker Surveillance Focused Research Team.
Historically as a NIOSH Research Chemist, developed novel chemical exposure analytical chemistry methods, assessed worker exposures to complex chemical mixtures such as metalworking fluids, presented discoveries at International symposiums, and published results in scientific journals. Provided leadership for NIOSH's Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry Services Contract in the role of Alternate Project Officer. Collaborated and conducted research with the NIOSH dermal exposure research team. For over 10 years, developed biological montoring methods for worker exposure assessment. Supervised the development of a biomonitoring method for glycol ether exposure. Worked with the pesticide exposure team of 12 and developed a bio-monitoring method for the pesticide, 2,4-D, applying the method to a large no-till herbicide applicator study. Trained and supervised technicians, while managing funds allocated for these biomonitoring projects procuring laboratory instruments and supplies. Created biomonitoring analytical methods for aromatic amines and sodium azide and discovered aromatic amine carcinogenic exposure in tire and rubber plant workers. Mentored and trained college students as interns in research projects.