The Energy &
Environmental Research Center's (EERC's) International Air Quality IX
Conference kicks off on Monday, October 21, 2013 at the Crystal Gateway
Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The Air Quality IX Conference is
the nation's premier international conference on environmental topics
associated with energy production.
Christopher Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting
Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office
of Fossil Energy (FE), has been added as a keynote speaker and will
address attendees at 9 a.m. on Monday morning.
Smith is responsible for office operations and managing the oversight
of Fossil Energy's Research and Development Program (encompassing coal,
oil, and natural gas) and the U.S. Petroleum Reserves. He was appointed
to DOE in October 2009 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of FE's Office of
Oil and Natural Gas. Prior to his appointment, Smith served in
managerial and analytical positions of increasing responsibility in the
Smith began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army and served tours
in Korea and Hawaii. He holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering
Management from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an M.B.A
from Cambridge University.
Other keynote speakers at the conference include U.S. Senator John
Hoeven (R-ND); U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), via video; Tony
Clark, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Amy
Ericson, U.S. Country President, Alstom Power.
More than 350 registrants representing 38 states, the District of
Columbia, and nine countries worldwide (Canada, France, Germany,
Israel, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United
States) are expected at this year's conference.
The technical program includes an esteemed lineup of experts in the
energy industry. The program includes two streams of concurrent
technical sessions, featuring topics such as, but not limited to,
mercury control; policy, regulations, and health issues; carbon
capture, utilization, and storage; gasification, natural gas,
industrial systems, and unconventional emissions and control;
measurement of hazardous air pollutants; and multipollutant emission
control and nonmercury metals.
Air Quality IX is sponsored by the EERC, DOE's National Energy
Technology Laboratory, and the Electric Power Research Institute, along
with Collaborating Sponsor Calgon Carbon Corporation and Partnering
Sponsors, ADA-Carbon Solutions, FMC Corporation, Great Lakes Solutions
(a Chemtura business), the Lignite Energy Council, and Midwest Energy
For more information about the conference speakers, program topics, and
to register, visit www.undeerc.org/AQ9.