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Frank Divita, Ph.D.

Principal Associate/Scientist, Health & Environment

Frank Divita, Ph.D. Frank Divita, Ph.D.
Frank Divita has extensive experience in contract management, project management, and technical support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
 
Divita has more than 15 years of EPA experience performing and managing technical studies of air pollution issues, with a focus on the development of control strategies, emissions inventories, air quality, and control cost analyses for criteria, hazardous air pollutants, and greenhouse gases. He has successfully managed seven multi-year support contracts and more than 120 work assignments under a variety of EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) contracts.  He is the author of several technical documents to support OAQPS in their analysis of Clean Air Act requirements to perform Regulatory Impact Assessments for these rules.
 
As head of Abt’s Climate Change and Air Quality practice, Divita leads a team of researchers and scientists whose body of work includes carrying out human health risk assessments for air pollution regulations and developing models and methods to help EPA estimate the benefits of reducing air pollutant concentrations. In addition, the team works to integrate climate change considerations, human health, ecosystem protection, and agricultural growth into local, regional, or national plans, building fresh approaches to adaptation and mitigation and supporting the development of strong institutions for low emissions planning.
 
Divita holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Maryland.
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Expertise/Skills

  • Contract, Project, and Subcontractor Management
  • Development of EPA emissions inventories
  • Database development to support benefits analysis
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Regulatory impact and cost-benefit analysis
  • Control Measure Cost Analysis




Key Projects

  • Design and development of Air Markets Program Data Web (AMPD) Application
  • Development of EPA’s SPECIATE Database
  • Development of the Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID)




Selected Publications

  • Design and Construction of the CASTNET Web Interface for Environmental Data, presented at the Air Quality Measurements Methods and Technology Conference, Durham, NC, April 24-26, 2012.
  • Revising the EPA’s Residential Wood Combustion Access Tool to Develop a 2008 Emission Inventory, presented at the 19th International Emission Inventory Conference, “Emission Inventories – Informing Emerging Issues,” September 28-30, 2010.
  • Development of 2002 Regional Haze Area, Point, Nonroad Mobile, and Onroad Mobile Source Emission Inventories for St. John, Virgin Islands, Final Report prepared for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, New York, NY, June 2010.
  • Implementing a Collaborative Process to Improve the Consistency, Transparency, and Accessibility of the Nonpoint Source Emission Estimates in the 2008 National Emissions Inventory, presented at the 19th International Emission Inventory Conference, “Emission Inventories – Informing Emerging Issues,” September 28-30, 2010.