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Lakes Environmental Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter - July 2010


Lakes Environmental e-Newsletter

Climate Change - Emissions Inventory - Atmospheric Science - IT Solutions


In this issue:

  • News & Events
  • Upcoming Courses
  • Modeling Tip: Downloading NED Terrain Data
  • Articles
  • Upcoming Conferences & Trade Shows

News & Events

Lakes Environmental Releases AERMOD View™ Version 6.6

Lakes Environmental is proud to announce the immediate release of AERMOD View Version 6.6., the latest release of its most popular air dispersion modeling software. With the latest version of AERMOD View come new features including:

  • Support for SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) - calculating the 3-year average of the 99th percentile of the annual distribution of daily maximum 1-hour average concentrations

  • Support for PM2.5 NAAQS – calculating the highest average of the maximum 24-hour averages across 5 years of data

  • Automatic BPIP Runs - automatically run BPIP when AERMOD is run

AERMOD ViewFor a complete list of the updates and new features available in AERMOD View version 6.6, please see our latest release notes.

If you are currently in maintenance for AERMOD View and did not receive an email regarding this update, please contact us at

If you are a user of AERMOD View but are no longer in maintenance please contact to find out how you can get up and running on this latest release!

US EPA Memorandum on NO2 NAAQS

On June 28, 2010, the US EPA Air Quality Modeling Group released a memorandum which clarifies the applicability of current guidance in the Guideline on Air Quality Modeling for modeling NO2 impacts in accordance with the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit requirements to demonstrate compliance with the new 1-hour NO2 standard.

This memorandum can be reviewed on the US EPA’s SCRAM website.

AERMOD Course in New York City - September 20-21, 2010

New York City
Lakes Environmental will be in New York City to present a 2-day AERMOD course from September 20-21, 2010.

Attending this course is the best way to stay current with recent regulatory and methodology changes. Lakes Environmental uses cutting edge tools that will revolutionize the way you do air dispersion modeling!

Visit our website for further details and register today! Early registration pricing is available until August 20, 2010.

Lakes Environmental at A&WMA 2010 Conference & Exhibition

ACE 2010

Lakes Environmental would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth in Calgary at A&WMA’s 103rd Annual Conference and Exhibition from June 22-24.  We hope you enjoyed your time at this year’s conference and look forward to assisting you in your endeavors throughout the coming year.  See you in 2011 at A&WMA’s conference in Orlando, Florida!

Visitors to our booth had the chance to participate in a draw for a free copy of our AERMOD View or CALPUFF View software packages.

We would like to take this opportunity to offer our congratulations to our AERMOD View software winner, C.C. from California and our CALPUFF View software winner, B.S. from Alberta. Happy modeling!

Our winners requested that their names and company names not appear in this Newsletter.

AUSTAL & ARTM Courses in Beijing, China

On July 6 to 8, 2010, Dr. Jesse The', president of Lakes Environmental, was in Beijing teaching a 2-day AUSTAL course and a 1-day ARTM course. Both courses included a combination of theory and hands-on case studies using Lakes Environmental's advanced graphical user interfaces: AUSTAL View and ARTM View.

The AUSTAL and ARTM air dispersion modeling courses courses were organized and promoted by our distributor in China, SinoCAN Intellitech.

SinoCANAUSTAL (AUSTAL2000) is a Lagrangian particle tracking air dispersion model and it is the official model for the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA).

ARTM is the German Federal Office for Radiation (BfS) official model and it is the new standard for the dispersion and deposition calculation of airborne radioactive materials according to the German Nuclear Act. The ARTM model is based on the "TA Luft" and the "AUSTAL2000 model".

Course attendees were able to complete a series of case studies involving cooling tower modeling, odor modeling, and radiation modeling among others.

Lakes Environmental Closed Offices Closed on August 2nd

Lakes Environmental will be closed on Monday, August 2, 2010 to observe Ontario's Civic Holiday.  If you have any needs during that time, please e-mail us at and we will respond to your message on August 3, 2010 when our offices reopen.

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Upcoming Courses





Sept. 13-14, 2010


Toronto, Ontario

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Sept. 20-21, 2010


New York City, NY - USA

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Sept. 27-28, 2010
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2010



London, UK

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Oct. 14-15, 2010


San Francisco, CA - USA

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Nov. 8-9, 2010
Nov. 10-12, 2010



Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Nov. 18-19, 2010


Orlando, FL - USA

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Dec. 6-7, 2010
Dec. 8-10, 2010



Hyderabad, India

Registration Coming Soon!

For more information on the above courses, including registration information, location, and course outlines, please visit our web site:

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Modeling Tip

Downloading NED Terrain Data

The USGS National Elevation Dataset (NED) is the latest and most accurate source of elevation data in the US and is the recommended source of elevation data in the AERMOD Implementation Guideline. In our April eNewsletter last year we featured a modeling tip on how NED files can be downloaded from the USGS Seamless Server. A brief video tutorial detailing this process is available below.

View Video

Submit Your Modeling Tip Today!

We are currently accepting submissions for the Monthly Modeling Tip section that appears in our newsletters. If you have a modeling tip that may benefit our readers, please send it to us at Your name and the name of your organization will appear below the tip providing you with an opportunity for increased exposure.

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EPA Proposal Cuts Pollution from Power Plants in 31 States and D.C. / Rule Would Reduce Smog- and Soot-Forming Emissions Contributing to Unhealthy Air

WASHINGTON (July 6, 2010) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing regulations to cut air pollution that impairs air quality and harms the health of people living downwind. The regulation will target power plant pollution that drifts across the borders of 31 eastern states and the District of Columbia. Air pollution is linked to thousands of asthma cases and heart attacks, and almost 2 million lost school or work days. Along with local and state air pollution controls, the new proposal, called the transport rule, is designed to help areas in the eastern United States meet existing national air quality health standards.

Read Full Article Here

EPA Addresses Subparts, Confidentiality

(June 29, 2010) - On June 29, the U.S. EPA made two announcements related to its mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program; the finalization of reporting requirements for four additional source categories under the GHGRP, and the issuance of proposed rulemaking for confidentiality determinations under the GHGRP. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson signed the final GHGRP rule for the mandatory reporting of GHGs from magnesium production, underground coal mines, industrial wastewater treatment, and industrial landfills on June 28. According to the EPA, in addition to finalizing the reporting requirements for these four source categories in the GHGRP, the action also states EPA’s final decision not to include ethanol production and food processing as distinct subparts in the GHGRP, as well as the final decision not to include suppliers of coal at this time. With these actions, the agency has now addressed all of the outstanding source categories and subparts that were included in the April 2009 proposal for the GHGRP. The four new source categories will be required to begin collecting emissions data on Jan. 1, 2011, and begin filing annual reports with the EPA on March 31, 2012.

Read Full Article Here

Government of Canada to Regulate Emissions from Electricity Sector

OTTAWA (June 23, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, announced that the Government of Canada is taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector by moving forward with regulations on coal-fired electricity generation.

"Today's announcement positions Canada one step closer to reaching its goal of being a clean energy superpower," said Minister Prentice. "A responsible, clear phase-out of the electricity sector's inefficient coal-fired generation will allow ample time for the implementation of cleaner generation technologies. This will create new jobs in the clean-energy sector, while helping Canada meets its commitment to greenhouse gas reductions."

Read Full Article Here

Government of Canada Initiates Ratification of Stockholm Convention Amendments

(June 16, 2010) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, today announced Canada’s intention to ratify the decisions made at the May 2009 Fourth Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to add nine new chemical substances to the list of those subject to global controls. Minister Cannon tabled the amendments today in the House of Commons to signal the Government of Canada’s commitment to ratifying the amendments.

Read Full Article Here

Senate Rejects Move to Block EPA Regulations

(June 15, 2010) - On June 10, the U.S. Senate narrowly defeated a disapproval resolution introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, which would have prevented the U.S. EPA from regulating GHG emissions. All Republicans and six Democrats, representing Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Nebraska and West Virginia, voted in favor of the resolution, but were defeated in a final vote of 47-53. Several senators mentioned the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as reason to vote against the resolution, but Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said in a statement that linking the oil spill to the disapproval resolution was deceptive. “I co-sponsored the Murkowski resolution months before the Deepwater Horizon accident even happened and voted to approve it because the Clean Air Act is not the appropriate tool to address carbon emissions,” she said. “That was true before the oil spill and it remains true today.”

Read Full Article Here


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Upcoming Conferences & Trade Shows




Aug. 10-12, 2010

6th Australia-New Zealand Climate Change & Business Conference
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Sydney, Australia

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2010   

Power Plant Air Pollutant Control "MEGA" Symposium
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Baltimore, MD, USA

Sept. 12-16, 2010

15th International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations' (IUAPPA) World Clean Air Congress
More Info - Lakes Environmental will be at booth 17!

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Sept. 27-30, 2010

19th International Emissions Inventory Conference
More Info - Lakes Environmental will be exhibiting!

San Antonio, TX, USA

Oct. 25-26, 2010

Climate Change and Impact Assessment - IAIA Special Symposium
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Aalborg, Denmark

Oct. 27-28, 2010

Carbon Forum Asia
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Nov. 2-4, 2010

Symposium on Air Quality Measurement Methods and Technology
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Los Angeles, CA, USA

Nov. 7-11, 2010

SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting
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Portland, OR, USA

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About this Newsletter

This newsletter contains information gleaned from various sources on the web, with complete links to the sources cited. Organizations cited are in no way affiliated with Lakes Environmental Software.

Lakes Environmental Software is a leading environmental IT company that offers a complete line of air dispersion modeling, risk assessment, emissions inventory, and emergency release software as well as training and custom software services. With satisfied users located around the globe, Lakes Environmental Software will continue to revolutionize the environmental software field.

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