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Lakes Environmental Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter - August 2012


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Emissions Inventory - Atmospheric Science - IT Solutions


In this issue:

  • News & Events
  • Upcoming Courses
  • Modeling Tip: Converting Multiple Coordinates at Once
  • Articles
  • Upcoming Conferences & Trade Shows

News & Events

New Version of AERMOD View to be Released September 5, 2012

Lakes Environmental is pleased to announce the release of a new version of AERMOD View on September 5, 2012.

Exciting new features in the upcoming release include:

  • Parallel AERMAP executable for faster terrain processing
  • Automated download of worldwide geo-referenced base maps (satellite and street maps)
  • Automated download of NED terrain data files (1 arc-sec and 1/3 arc-sec)

This latest advancement of our popular air dispersion modeling solution will be accessible only to AERMOD View users in current maintenance. If your maintenance has expired, contact us today! Don’t miss this opportunity to use these exciting new features!

Lakes Environmental at August 2012 A&WMA North Texas Chapter Meeting

This August, Lakes Environmental will take the stage at the Air & Waste Management Association’s North Texas Chapter meeting. Bryan Matthews, Manager of US Operations and Michael Hammer, Senior Product Specialist both of Lakes Environmental’s Dallas office will be making a presentation regarding Real-World Applications of Advanced Real-Time and Forecast Modeling Solutions.


This presentation will discuss advances in emissions modeling technology that allows real-time plant process data to be integrated with real-time meteorological data and meteorological forecast models so that plant operators can adjust operations to avoid compliance issues at downwind monitoring locations.

For more information regarding this presentation on Tuesday, August 28th, please visit the North Texas Chapter website of A&WMA.

Discount Ending! AERMOD & CALPUFF Courses in London, UK – Oct 15-18, 2012

Lakes Environmental is pleased to be heading to the United Kingdom for AERMOD and CALPUFF training in London from October 15-18, 2012.

Our early registration discount ends on September 15, 2012! We encourage you to register soon in order to reserve your spot. Further details including course venue and registration form can be found on our website.

Register today to take advantage of our early registration discount!

Early Registration Discount Ends: September 15, 2012
Registration Closes: September 30, 2012

Course: AERMOD (October 15-16, 2012)
Course: CALPUFF (October 17-18, 2012)
Location: London, UK


Lakes Environmental & CASANZ AERMOD Course in Perth, Australia – Sep 17-19, 2012

Lakes Environmental and the Clean Air Society of Australia & New Zealand (CASANZ) invite you to participate in a 3-day AERMOD course taking place in Perth from September 17 to 19, 2012.

If you are interested in registering for this AERMOD course, please contact Vicki Callaway, Training Administrator for CASANZ at

Further details including course venue and registration form can be found on the CASANZ website.

Early Registration Discount Ends: August 20, 2012
Registration Closes: September 3, 2012

Course: AERMOD (September 17-19, 2012)

Location: Perth, Australia



Upcoming North and South American Course Locations

During the last quarter of 2012, Lakes Environmental will be busy in the Americas! Please check out the locations below to find a course near you!

Register today! Early registration discounts are still available.


Registration Closes: August 28, 2012
Course: AERMOD (September 27-28, 2012)
Location: Mexico City, Mexico


Registration Closes: September 22, 2012
Course: AERMOD (October 22-23, 2012)
Location: Orlando, Florida


Early Registration Discount Ends: September 14, 2012
Registration Closes: October 4, 2012
Course: AERMOD (November 5-6, 2012)
Course: CALPUFF (November 7-9, 2012)
Location: São Paulo, Brazil


Early Registration Discount Ends: September 30, 2012
Registration Closes: October 31, 2012
Course: CALPUFF (November 21-23, 2012)
Location: Santiago, Chile


For additional course locations, please visit the upcoming course section of our website.

2013 AERMOD & CALPUFF Courses Schedule Announced - Waiting List Now Open!

Lakes Environmental has recently announced their 2013 Global AERMOD and CALPUFF Training Course Schedule. Course dates and locations for the first half of the year have been posted on our online course calendar. You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to be trained by our dedicated senior level air quality experts.

Contact us today to be placed on a waiting list for the course of your choice. Space is limited so act now before spots are gone!

On-site courses are also available for any company that wishes to provide customized training for their employees. These courses can be tailored to suit the needs and skill level of your employees. For more information on on-site training or to request a quote for corporate training, please contact us at

Lakes Environmental Closed for the Labor Day Holiday

Lakes Environmental will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2012 to observe the Labor Day Holiday. If you have any needs during that time, please e-mail us at and we will contact you on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 when our offices reopen.

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Upcoming Courses





Sep 10-11, 2012


Toronto, ON


Sep 27-28, 2012


Mexico City, Mexico

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Oct 15-16, 2012
Oct 17-18, 2012


London, UK

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Oct 22-23, 2012


Orlando, FL

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Nov 5-6, 2012
Nov 7-9, 2012


São Paulo, Brazil

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Nov 21-23, 2012


Santiago, Chile

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Dec 10-11, 2012
Dec 12-13, 2012


Hyderabad, India

Register Now

Jan 28-29, 2013


Toronto, ON

Registration Coming Soon

Jan 30-31, 2013


Waterloo, ON

Registration Coming Soon

Feb 25-26, 2013
Feb 27-28, 2013


Dallas, TX

Registration Coming Soon

Apr 8-9, 2013
Apr 10-11, 2013


Las Vegas, NV

Registration Coming Soon

May 13-14, 2013
May 15-16, 2013


Calgary, AB

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

Converting Multiple Coordinates at Once

Many of the software products produced by Lakes Environmental require users to enter accurate location information for various input objects. It’s imperative that the coordinates entered by the user are as accurate as possible. One problem is identifying the proper projection to reference coordinates. Air dispersion models like AERMOD and ISCST3 prefer the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) projection while a model like CALPUFF may be better suited to a projection like Lambert Conic Conformal (LLC). Meanwhile, mapping programs like Google Earth™ use a default geographic projection (Latitude/Longitude).

To assist users in identifying accurate object locations, most Lakes Environmental software products include the Coordinate Converter utility. This utility can be accessed directly from the Windows Start menu, and it allows users to convert single points as well as files containing multiple coordinate pairs.

Here is how you can convert multiple coordinates at once:

  1. Open the Coordinate Converter (from the Tools menu in your Lakes Environmental software program or via the Windows Start menu).

  2. Select the “Multiple Locations (File)” Conversion Type.

  3. You need to identify the projection and datum of the file to be converted. In the Coordinate System 1 group box, select one of the following projections. You also need to identify the datum for your input data (e.g., WGS84, NAD83, etc.).

  4. Click on the Open File button to specify the CSV file containing the multiple x, y coordinates.

  5. In the Coordinate System 2 group, select the desired output Projection and Datum. The Output File will be named by the program automatically. To change the name of the output file, select the Save File As button .

  6. Click the Convert button to convert your coordinates. You can view the converted file by selecting Yes at the prompt that is displayed.

In the example below, coordinates are being converted from Geographic to UTM.

Input CSV file showing coordinates in Lat/Long.

Coordinate Converter utility

Output CSV file showing coordinates in UTM.


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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US, Mexico Sign Agreement Addressing High Priority Border Environmental Issues

WASHINGTON - August 8, 2012 - Today U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson joined Mexico’s Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources Juan Elvira Quesada to sign the Border 2020 U.S.-Mexico Environmental program agreement. The signing was witnessed by a number of leaders including the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne, Vice Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation Wavalene Romero, California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez, Baja California Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán and Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante Anchondo. The Border 2020 agreement, developed with significant stakeholder input, will work to address high priority environmental and public health problems in the 2,000 mile border region. It follows the Border 2012 environmental agreement which ends this year.

Read Full Article Here

Canada Half Way to Meeting 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emission Target

OTTAWA, Ontario - August 8, 2012 - The honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister, today announced that Canada is half way towards meeting its 2020 greenhouse gas emission target.

“Using a sector-by-sector approach, our Government has taken action on two of Canada’s largest sources of emissions: electricity and transportation,” said Minister Kent. “The Harper Government has been working hard to reduce emissions, and this has helped set the stage for the progress we’ve achieved this year.”

To date, the Government of Canada has contributed to the projected emission reductions by regulating greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and electricity sectors, and will continue to work with its partners to reduce emissions from other sectors, including oil and gas.

Read Full Article Here

EPA to Review Technical Information on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power Plants

WASHINGTON - June 20, 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reviewing technical information that is focused on pollution limits for new power plants under the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, based on new information provided by industry stakeholders after the rule was finalized. This review, which is not an uncommon step for major standards, will have no impact on the sensible, achievable, and cost-effective standards already set for existing power plants, which will protect millions of families and, especially, children from air pollution. By moving quickly to review the new information, this action will provide greater certainty for five planned future facilities, in Georgia, Kansas, Texas, and Utah, that would be covered by the standards. This review will not change the expected costs or public health benefits of the rule.

Read Full Article Here

EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases Survives Another Challenge

June 19, 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to regulate greenhouse gases have been under attack ever since the 2007 Massachusetts v. EPA Supreme Court ruling that confirmed its authority to do so. In 2010, just before efforts to pass a cap-and-trade climate bill were abandoned in the Senate, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski sponsored failed legislation to nullify the Supreme Court decision and block EPA from moving forward with greenhouse gas regulations. Attempts to undermine EPA’s regulatory authority were once again thwarted last month when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected several legal challenges and upheld EPA’s 2009 endangerment finding for greenhouse gases.

Read Full Article Here

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Upcoming Conferences & Trade Shows




Aug 20-23, 2012

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

Sep 12-14, 2012

Clean Energy Expo Asia
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Bangkok, Thailand

Sep 21-23, 2012

1st International Conference of Chemical, Environment & Energy
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Oct 30-31, 2012

Carbon Forum Asia
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Bangkok, Thailand

Nov 7-10, 2012

Ecomondo 2012
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Rimini, Italy

Nov 11-15, 2012

SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting
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Long Beach, CA, USA

Nov 27-30, 2012

Pollutec Horizons 2012
More Info

Lyon, France

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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.

For more information please visit our web site at:  You may also contact us by phone at (519) 746-5995 or by fax at (519)746-0793.

All comments and suggestions are welcome.  You can e-mail us at:

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