Two Southeastern utilities, Southern Company and Tennessee Valley Authority, have teamed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, EPRI, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency on a $20 million research campaign. Titled the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS), the campaign is focused on gathering data within the Southeast region of the United States regarding biogenic and man-made emissions.
Air quality scientists from Southern Company and EPRI are utilizing over two decades of historical data collected through air quality monitoring stations throughout the Southeast. In addition, the scientists recently wrapped up a six-week field study as part of phase one of the research campaign.
As scientists and researchers continue to interpret their data, the collaborative group hopes to obtain an even better understanding of air pollutants and emissions.
Absolute Consulting aims to support local utilities in the Southeastern region, as well as utilities across the nation, in their air quality and emissions research efforts. In addition, Absolute Consulting continues to support utilities in their efforts to install and implement air pollution control devices.
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