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Lakes Environmental Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter - November 2013


Lakes Environmental e-Newsletter

Emissions Inventory - Atmospheric Science - IT Solutions


In this issue:

  • News & Events
  • Upcoming Courses
  • Modeling Tip: Importing Group Links to CALRoads View
  • Articles
  • Upcoming Conferences & Trade Shows

News & Events

CALRoads View™ Version 6.2 Released!

Lakes Environmental released CALRoads View Version 6.2 on November 21, 2013.

Updates include:

  • Updated CAL3QHCR Model - CALRoads View uses the latest US EPA CAL3QHCR traffic air dispersion model version 13196
  • Import/Export Improvements - Group information is now supported in Excel files containing link information

Check out our release notes for a list of the changes and new features available in CALRoads View Version 6.2.


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

If you are a user of CALRoads View but are no longer in maintenance, please contact for pricing to update your license to version 6.2.

AERMOD Course in Toronto, Ontario – Feb 3-4, 2014

Lakes Environmental is heading back to Toronto to provide a 2-day AERMOD course from February 3 to 4, 2014.

Attending these courses 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!

Spots fill quickly! Register today to take advantage of our early registration discount!

Early Registration Discount Ends: January 3, 2014

Course: AERMOD
Date: February 3-4, 2014
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Info: Registration Form


Dr. Jesse Thé Keynote Speaker at FIMAI

Dr. Jesse Thé, President of Lakes Environmental, presented the keynote speech at FIMAI 2013 (International Industrial Environment and Sustainability Fair) which took place in São Paulo, Brazil at the Expo Center Norte from November 5 to 7, 2013.

Dr. Thé presented two speeches. One speech was focused on Real-Time Forecasting Systems for Incineration Units while the other focused on IT Solution Systems for Regional and Global Emissions Inventory.

Lakes Environmental December Holiday Schedule

Please find below the holiday schedule for Lakes Environmental’s offices:

December 24


December 25


December 26


December 27


December 30


December 31


January 1


January 2


If you have an urgent matter requiring assistance during the holidays, please e-mail us at

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Upcoming Courses





Feb 3-4, 2014


Toronto, ON

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Feb 24-25, 2014
Feb 26-28, 2014


Dallas, TX

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Mar 20-21, 2014


Québec City*

Coming Soon

Apr 7-8, 2014
Apr 9-11, 2014


Las Vegas, NV

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May 5-6, 2014
May 7-8, 2014


Calgary, AB

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Nov 3-4, 2014
Nov 5-6, 2014


São Paulo, Brazil

Coming Soon

*Sponsored by APCAS

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

Importing Group Links to CALRoads View

The models that make up CALRoads View (CALINE4, CAL3QHC, & CAL3QHCR) use links as their primary input data. Links are straight segments of roadways with constant height, width, traffic volume, and vehicle emission factors. Links can be specified in CALRoads View in two ways:

  1. Single Links: A single straight-line segment, or
  2. Group Links: Links composed by more than one segment

The new release of CALRoads View, Version 6.2, includes a new feature which allows users to import Group Links. The template spreadsheet (Link_Parameters.xls) can be found in the default directory C:\Lakes\CALRoads View\Templates.

Column T now contains the GROUP parameter. Links with the same group ID are combined. To import data to a project, follow these steps below:

  1. Create a new project or open an existing project in CALRoads View
  2. Select Import | Links from the main menu

  3. Find your template spreadsheet and click Open

All links with a valid GROUP parameter in the spreadsheet are now set as Group Links for easy editing.

Submit Your Modeling Tips 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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President Obama Signs Executive Order, Addresses Preparedness for Climate Change Impacts

November 4, 2013 - On Friday, President Obama established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change.

Read Full Article Here

Report: Air Pollution a Leading Environmental Cause of Cancer Deaths

October 31, 2013 - SALT LAKE CITYAir pollution is ugly, and among other things it is now officially being blamed for contributing to lung cancer.

The World Health Organization this month declared smoggy air a certified cancer agent, joining tobacco, asbestos and ultraviolet radiation as culprits adversely affecting health. Particulate matter, a major component of outdoor air pollution, was also classified as being carcinogenic to humans, according to the international organization.

Read Full Article Here

EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities

October23 2013 - WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its third year of greenhouse gas data detailing carbon pollution emissions and trends broken down by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region, and individual facility. The data, required to be collected annually by Congress, highlight a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions as more utilities switch to cleaner burning natural gas.

Read Full Article Here

Air Pollution Still Harming Health Across Europe

October 25, 2013 -The report, 'Air quality in Europe – 2013 report', is an EEA contribution to the European Commission's review of air quality policy and the EU 'Year of Air'.

Vehicles, industry, agriculture and homes are contributing to air pollution in Europe. Despite falling emission levels and reductions of some air pollutant concentrations in recent decades, the report demonstrates that Europe's air pollution problem is far from solved.

Read Full Article Here

Airshed Study to Assess Effects of LNG in Kitimat

October 3, 2013 - KITIMAT - The Province will fund a $650,000 scientific study to help inform regulatory and policy development for future industrial activity in the Kitimat area. The goal is to ensure the potential impacts from industrial air emissions are clearly understood prior to new projects being approved and in operation.

The Kitimat Airshed Impact Assessment Project will look at the cumulative effects of existing and proposed industrial air emissions in the airshed. These include emissions from: an existing aluminium smelter, three proposed LNG terminals, a proposed oil refinery, a crude-oil export facility, and gas-turbine-powered electrical generation facilities. The study will focus on sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions from these facilities.

Read Full Article Here

EPA and Coast Guard Reach Pollution Control Agreement with Carnival

September 5, 2013 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coast Guard have reached an agreement in principle with Carnival Corporation to develop advanced emission control technology to be used in waters surrounding U.S. coasts.

Under the agreement, Carnival will develop and deploy a new exhaust gas cleaning system on up to 32 ships over the next three years to be used in Emission Control Areas (ECA’s). The North American and U.S. Caribbean ECA’s create a buffer zone around U.S. and Canadian coasts where ships must reduce harmful air pollution emissions.

Read Full Article Here

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Upcoming Conferences & Trade Shows




Dec 3-6, 2013

Pollutec Horizons 2013
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Paris, France

Jan 12-17, 2014

SPARC (Stratosphere-Troposphere Processes and their Role in Climate) 2014 General Assembly
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Queenstown, New Zealand

Jan 20-22, 2014

World Future Energy Summit
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Abu Dhabi, UAE

Feb 3-5, 2014

Energy, Utility & Environment Conference (EUEC) 2014
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Phoenix, AZ, USA

Mar 2-7, 2014

38th Stationary Source Sampling & Analysis for Air Pollutants Conference
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Point Clear, AL, USA

Mar 24-28, 2014

9th International Conference on Air Quality - Science and Application
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Mar 26-28, 2014

GLOBE 2014
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Vancouver, BC, Canada

Apr 28-30, 2014

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Mississauga, ON, Canada

Jun 24-27, 2014

A&WMA Annual Conference and Exhibition
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Long Beach, CA, USA

July 7-9, 2014

22nd International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution
More Info

Opatija, Croatia

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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.

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