activities (see Appendix C). These presentations were followed by presentations by outside speakers. The committee then formulated questions to elicit additional information and data from DOE, which was used to supplement the brief project descriptions in the DOE written program plan. At the second committee meeting, the committee discussed and agreed on the substance of the report and the major conclusions and recommendations.

This report is organized into three chapters. Chapter 1 provides a brief background and introduction to the issue. Chapter 2 provides a general background and summary of the current state of knowledge on PM2.5 issues and the specific issues relevant to the DOE-FE. Chapter 3 reviews the substance of the DOE-FE research program on fine particulates and provides recommendations for improving the program. These recommendations address the salient questions regarding fossil-fueled power plants and fine particulates. (The reader familiar with PM2.5 issues can focus on Chapter 3, which contains the committee's review of the DOE-FE fine particulate research program.)

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