2014 Midwest Environmental Health Policy Summit

Doug Farquhar 3/7/2014

Illinois capitol domeThe 2014 Midwest Environmental Health Policy Summit, held Feb. 20-21 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield, Ill., was the latest in a series of meetings that focuses on the environmental health concerns of the Midwest.

This summit engaged key state legislators and staff with presentations from national and state experts about environmental health issues confronting Midwestern states, with session topics that included alternative fuels and vehicles; clean diesel’s impact on respiratory health; an in-depth exploration of radon and PCBs; and public health concerns on hydraulic fracturing. Co-sponsored by the University of Iowa and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, the agenda was framed to allow plenty of time for discussion and to provide opportunities for legislators and legislative staff to meet with their colleagues from other states and with experts to discuss regional environmental health issues.

Would you like to learn more about the 2014 Midwestern Environmental Health Policy Summit, or are you interested in possibly having a Summit in your state or region?  Contact Claire Lewis for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 20
Time Sessions

2-4:30 p.m.


  • Doug Farquhar, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • David Osterberg, University of Iowa

PCB's, Radon, and Environmental Health: Challenges and Concerns

4:30-5 p.m. Break
5-6:30 p.m.

Radon Poster and Video Contest Winner Awards

  • Senator Sam McCann, presenting
  • Representative Raymond Poe, presenting

Please join us after the Awards ceremony for a sponsored reception from the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.

7 p.m. Legislators are invited to a NCSL-hosted dinner that begins at 7 p.m. at Maldaner's Restaurant.
Friday, Feb. 21
7-8 a.m. Continental breakfast
8 - 10:15 a.m.

Biofuels, Clean Diesel, and Respiratory Health

  • John Caupert, director, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC)     View Presentation
  • Don Scott, director of sustainability, National Biodiesel Board      View Presentation
  • Darwin Burkhart, manager of clean air programs, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)     View Presentation
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Hydraulic Fracturing: Sand Mining and Health Concerns

  • Representative Ann Williams, moderating
  • Kristy Hartman, energy policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures     View Presentation
  • Dr. Tom Peters, University of Iowa     View Presentation
  • Dr. Erin Haynes, University of Cincinnati     (presentation pending publication of research)
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Environmental Health in the States - Working Lunch

  • Doug Farquhar, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • David Osterberg, University of Iowa
1:30-1:45 p.m. Break
1:45-3:15 p.m.

Natural Disasters and Climate Change: State Responses

  • Dr. Sam Dorevitch, University of Illinois at Chicago     View Presentation
  • Jonathan Monken, director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)     View Presentation
3:15-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4 p.m.

Environmental Health in the States - Discussion and Wrap-Up

  • Doug Farquhar, National Conference of State Legislatures
4 p.m.