The October 2009 Interior Appropriations bill (P.L. 111-88) requires the EPA, in consultation with other Federal agencies, to prepare a comprehensive report to Congress on the climate effects of black carbon. Black carbon, or soot, results from incomplete combustion of organic matter such as fossil fuels and biomass. The report to Congress will evaluate and synthesize available information on sources of black carbon, impacts of black carbon on global and regional climate, and the potential utility and cost-effectiveness of mitigation options for reducing climate and public health impacts of black carbon.
EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) has requested that the Council review the draft Report to Congress on Black Carbon to evaluate the report’s scientific rigor and technical accuracy.