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Media Advisory: Assessing technology for measuring road dust

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 16-17, 2005

Reporters and Editors Please Note

WHO: DRI, UC Riverside and Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management.

WHAT: Technology assessment of DRI's TRAKER and UCR's SCAMPER.

WHERE: Starting at the Government Center at 500 Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas.

WHEN: Wed., Feb. 16 and Thurs. Feb. 17 (weather permitting).

TIMES: Vehicles leave 500 Grand Cental Parkway at 9 a.m. both days, returning around 2:30 p.m.

HOW: Vehicles will follow a 5.5-hour closed loop through Las Vegas.

WHY: To evaluate the effectiveness of TRAKER's and SCAMPER's measurement of road dust.

VISUALS: Vans equipped with high-tech measurement instruments. Ride-along or follow-along opportunities.
Spokespersons.

BACKGROUND:
Dust emissions originating from motor vehicle travel on paved and unpaved roads in many areas of the west constitute a significant fraction of the airborne particulate matter with aerodynamic diameters less than 10 microns—commonly called PM10.

The Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management is assessing technology to measure PM10 dust emissions over a series of contiguous paved roads in the Las Vegas Valley that constitute a closed loop. This assessment is aimed at evaluating through hands-on experience DRI’s TRAKER vehicle-based road dust emission measurement method and that of SCAMPER, developed by the University of California, Riverside.