Diesel Engine Pollution Discussed at PSU Jan. 30

January 29th, 2008 by Adam


PLYMOUTH, N.H.-Diesel engines are among the worst sources of air pollution around the world. What are the health and environmental impacts of these emissions, and what are the prospects for reducing this hazard?

Plymouth State University presents Dr. Melinda Treadwell, associate professor of technology, design, and safety at Keene State College at the inaugural Environmental Science Colloquium, Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. in room 001 of the Boyd Science Center on Highland Street in Plymouth. The Environmental Science Colloquium is free and open to the public.

For the past 10 years, Treadwell has been evaluating federal policies regarding diesel engine emissions and directing federal grant projects researching the gaseous pollutants and particulate matter emissions from heavy duty diesel engines. Most recently, her research has been evaluating engine emission changes created by blending biodiesel with petroleum diesel fuels. Her talk will provide an understanding of the significant health and environmental impact of these engines in our society, the likely impact of current and pending environmental regulations, and the challenges and opportunities ahead for biofuels.

Treadwell’s background includes Principal Environmental Safety and Health Coordinator at Lockheed Martin; Environmental Program Manager, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Air Resources Division; and Senior Public Health Policy Advisor for the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management. She has served on numerous committees and boards including the New Hampshire Clean Air Strategy Advisory Committee, the Regional Fuels Taskforce’s Public Health Impacts Committee, and has been a member of the Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee for the Federal Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. Treadwell was the recipient of the Faculty Distinction in Scholarship and Research Award at Keene State in 2007. Treadwell has a B.S. in industrial safety and Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology.

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