SAN FRANCISCO -- New approaches to monitoring air pollution from oil refineries and chemical plants will be discussed by a panel of experts Thursday during an all-day free forum.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District invites the public to attend the forum from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the air board meeting room, 939 Ellis St.

Air pollution experts from around the state and nation will discuss the latest pollution monitoring technology. Representatives from the Desert Research Institute will present a report on the Bay Area's network for monitoring industrial air pollution.

Jack Broadbent, the air district's chief executive officer, said his agency convened the expert panel as part of an effort to improve refinery pollution monitoring.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff.



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