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Dr. Eugene Leong:“Comprehensive Strategies for Controlling PM2.5 Pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area”
published date:2013-07-11

Eugene Leong is a second generation American born Chinese educated at the University ofMichigan and UCLA, where he received his doctorate in Environmental Sciences and Engineering in 1974. He has worked as an environmental scientist and engineer, local government executive and appointed official, and university teacher. He is the author of many reports and publications and has consulted internationally inCanada,Mexico,Turkey,Japan,Taiwanand China. He worked at the Association of Bay Area Governments in San Francisco for nearly 30 years, the last ten as Executive Director.

 Since retiring, he has been teaching part-time in China at Peking University (School of Government & College of Environmental Sciences & Engineering) for the past six years. He has also lectured at a number of other universities in China.

 “Comprehensive Strategies for Controlling PM2.5 Pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area:

 Part I—Science & Engineering,”

 “Comprehensive Strategies for Controlling PM2.5 Pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area:

 Part II—Policy and Management,”

 by Dr. Eugene Leong, former Executive Director, Association of Bay Area Governments

 The San Francisco Bay Area and Beijing region share many similarities, including the potential for severe PM2.5 pollution. In fact, many years ago, the Bay Area’s particulate problem was very serious. Today, however, due to decades of stringent controls, the PM2.5 pollution is dramatically better. What lessons can be learned from the US and Bay Area experience to help Beijing and other polluted regions of China solve the PM2.5 pollution problem?

 This seminar will be presented in two parts: Part I will summarize the science and technical aspects of PM2.5 pollution. It will cover monitoring, emission source inventory and characterization, standards, modeling, and control strategy development. Part II will summarize the policy and management programs for developing comprehensive control strategies to reduce PM2.5 pollution. Numerous examples of key Bay Area programs will be presented. In both sessions, specific recommendations and principles for control strategies will be given, as well as research needs for Beijing and China.