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Center for Air Toxic Metals® (CATM®)

Center for Air Toxic Metals

The Center for Air Toxic Metals® (CATM®) at the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) was established in 1992 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Engineering and Technology Demonstration to focus national research efforts on trace element emissions, which are a matter of worldwide concern, as well as a regulatory issue in the United States and worldwide.

For the last decade, CATM has addressed the critical issues and forged its reputation as the world leader in air toxic research. Since its inception, CATM has established partnerships with government agencies, industry, and environmental groups and, through these partnerships, answered critical questions concerning health risks, toxic metal transformations and pathways, sampling and measurement of toxic metal emissions, and related toxic metal control technologies.

CATM provides a nationally coordinated and practically oriented multidisciplinary research, development, and training program on the prevention, transformation, behavior, and control of potentially toxic trace element emissions from energy-producing and incinerating systems and on the prevention and minimization of the effects of these trace elements on the environment through partnerships developed with industry, research organizations, and the government.

The goal of CATM is to develop key information on trace elements such that pollution prevention strategies can be developed and implemented to reduce trace element emissions. Specific objectives of CATM are to:

  • Elucidate air toxic transformation mechanisms and pathways in energy-producing and incinerating systems
  • Develop and demonstrate technologies to control trace element emissions
  • Develop and demonstrate environmentally sound methods to utilize and dispose of residuals
  • Develop and validate methods to sample and analyze trace element emissions
  • Develop predictive tools and databases
  • Develop partnerships with industry
  • Develop environmental awareness and pollution prevention programs through education
  • Commercialize results and technologies

To accomplish the mission and goals of CATM, new and existing partnerships with government, industry, and the research community are encouraged. CATM is pivotal to these partnerships, which are key to effective research and development programs.

The needs of both industry and government are addressed through CATM's organization and established infrastructure. Funding from other sources complements and broadens the scope of the base program.

CATM Program Areas

Transformation Mechanisms

Sampling and Analytical Methods

Control Technologies

Health Effects

Technology Commercialization, Education, and Publications

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