Emission Quotas for Maintaining Air Quality
In order to control the air pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has adopted the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as required by the Clean Air Act. The emission quota is applied to major industrial pollutants and particularly to the sulfur oxides in an attempt to maintain the standards over an air quality control region. It is a regionalized and not an interstate control. The scientists at Argonne have put together a book which tells how to put together an emission control quota in a local region.
Regions may be categorized as those where the NAAQS are already violated, where the standards are met and finally where the air is much cleaner than required. The actions to be taken in the various categories are discussed. Of special interest is the situation where additional pollution is allowable—the problems being those of an equitable and wise apportionment of the increased pollution. Four emission quota strategies are considered.
KeywordsTransportation Ozone Incineration
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