The Kanab Chamber of Commerce is hosting Dr. Richard Boardman from the Idaho National Laboratory at a special meeting 7 p.m. at Kanab High School on Wednesday evening, March 16, to discuss issues relating to converting coal to liquids.

“We apologize for the short notice regarding this opportunity to hear from Dr. Boardman,” says Kanab Chamber of Commerce Chairperson Betty Colston. “Dr. Boardman’s mother lives in Kanab and he is in town for a visit. Because of his expertise in coal to liquid technologies, we knew this was a chance we simply couldn’t let pass by. Residents should know that the Chamber has not taken a position in support or opposition to such technologies. However, we do feel we can add value to current discussions by sponsoring a forum where sound scientific information can be shared.”

Dr. Richard Boardman works for the Idaho National Laboratory where he oversees partnerships to improve energy efficiency of plants that make liquid fuels from coal. He frequently briefs organizations on studies concerning converting coal to liquids and the key challenges associated with using Americas abundant coal resources in an environmentally conscious manner.

In operation since 1949, the Idaho National Laboratory is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s missions in nuclear and energy research, science, and national defense. Their mission is to ensure the nation’s energy security with safe, competitive, and sustainable energy systems and unique national and homeland security capabilities.

The free community meeting will be held at the Kanab High School and begin at 7 p.m. Individuals from throughout the area, regardless of their perspective on coal to liquid technologies, are encouraged to attend.