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Conrad Dan Volz

 CONRAD DAN VOLZ, DrPH, MPH, director and principal investigator, Center for Healthy Environments and Communities; director of the Environmental Health Risk Assessment Certificate; and assistant professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Dr. Conrad Dan Volz has a secondary appointment as an assistant professor in the School of Law and is a technical consultant to the University of Pittsburgh Environmental Law Clinic. Dr. Volz has more than 30 years of experience in occupational/environmental health. He received his initial training in public and occupational health in the Department of Occupational Health at GSPH on a fellowship from the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Volz holds MPH and DrPH degrees from GSPH. After holding progressively responsible posts in private industry (National Steel Corporation), government (California OSHA Consultation Service), and non-governmental agencies (Western Institute for Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, Berkeley, Calif.), Dr. Volz started an environmental health consulting company in 1984. He has worked in 24 countries on five continents performing radionuclide transport studies, occupational/ environmental contaminant/toxin exposure pathway analysis, exposure assessments, environmental risk assessments, and engineer and policymaker training. He joined the faculty of GSPH in May 2004.

Dr. Volz was interviewed on ABC News in 2008 about his research and findings of medications in the Allegheny River. Currently, The Center for Healthy Environments and Communities is conducting research in the Marcellus Shale region to determine levels of metals, anions, and organic chemicals in effluent from sewage treatment plants accepting gas production brine water; and organic chemicals in air volatilized from gas production operations. Contaminants from brine are released from treatment plants into streams and rivers, entering the water supply for numerous communities.

The Center for Healthy Environments and Communities has co-developed a geo-web tool to track public health, environmental, ecological, social, and behavioral impacts from oil and gas production called www.fractracker.org.  FracTracker is being piloted in the Marcellus Shale region but is being used throughout the country where stimulation technology is currently used to produce oil and gas.

Conrad Dan Volz featured speaker at the 6th Annual Earth Day Environmental Justice Conference