Minutes of the September 19, 2011 Meeting
Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter


Around ten people first met for dinner at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria in the Old City of Knoxville. The meeting then commenced in the Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Science building on the University of Tennessee Ag campus, where around 25 people heard Jim Renfro (Air Quality Program Manager for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park) speak about "Air Quality in the Smokies Update". The following was an abstract of Jim's talk: "This presentation provided a summary of the status and trends of air quality monitoring in and around the national park and on-going efforts addressing these issues. The talk included an overview of the responsibilities and requirements of the parkís federal Class I Area designation under the Clean Air Act. Also, the discussion focused on the air pollution problems that impair scenic views from fine particle pollution and regional haze, deposition concerns from excessive nitrogen, sulfur and mercury to aquatic and terrestrial systems, ozone pollution impacts to park vegetation, and the challenges from non-attainment designations of the EPA ozone and fine particle public health standards. Results showed that over the past decade (since about 1999) park air quality (visibility, fine particles, ozone, and acid deposition) has improved. However, challenges remain ahead as efforts continue toward reducing additional emissions to attain public health standards, and restore the air quality-related values this park was charged to protect."

Jim's Biography: Jim Renfro is the Air Quality Specialist for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He started working for the Smokies in 1984, and is currently responsible for managing the Parkís air quality program; one of the most comprehensive air monitoring programs in the National Park Service. He earned a Bachelorís and Masterís degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Jimís duties include coordinating air resources management operations and monitoring activities at 7 research stations. Jim has 25 years experience in the areas of air pollution monitoring and research, public education and outreach projects, long-lasting partnerships, and air regulatory and policy issues related to the Clean Air Act and protection of Class I Areas under the Act and the effects of air pollution on the natural resources of the Park, specifically ozone, acid deposition, mercury, particulate matter, regional haze, and climate.




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