New Source Review for Stationary Sources of Air Pollution National Research Committee on Changes in New Source Review Programs for Stationary Sources of Air P

ISBN: 9781280704864

Published: January 10th 2010

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New Source Review for Stationary Sources of Air Pollution  by  National Research Committee on Changes in New Source Review Programs for Stationary Sources of Air P

New Source Review for Stationary Sources of Air Pollution by National Research Committee on Changes in New Source Review Programs for Stationary Sources of Air P
January 10th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 310 pages | ISBN: 9781280704864 | 4.79 Mb

The Clean Air Act (CAA) establishes a pair of programs--together known as New Source Review (NSR)--that regulate large stationary sources of air pollution, such as factories and electricity-generating facilities. Under the NSR programs, permits areMoreThe Clean Air Act (CAA) establishes a pair of programs--together known as New Source Review (NSR)--that regulate large stationary sources of air pollution, such as factories and electricity-generating facilities. Under the NSR programs, permits are required for building new stationary sources that could emit more than a specified level of emissions, and permits are also required for any changes to existing major stationary sources that could increase emissions.

In 2002, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a set of changes to NSR rules to address complexities in identifying which modifications require a permit. Then in October 2003, EPA made additional NSR revisions, referred to as the equipment replacement provision, that allow equipment replacements without an NSR permit as long as the facility does not exceed its maximum level of allowable emissions. These changes have been controversial. In response to a request from Congress, EPA asked the National Research Council to estimate the effects of the 2002 rule changes and equipment replacement provision in terms of the effects on human health, changes in operating efficiency, pollution prevention, and pollution-control activities.

The report concludes that overall, because of a lack of data and the limitations of current models, available information is insufficient to quantify the effects of the NSR rule changes with reasonable certainty. Although the report focuses on the 2002 and 2003 rules, its analytic framework applies as well to other possible changes in NSR and to other regulatory contexts. The report outlines the data-collection efforts needed to assess the impact of the NSR rules and recommends that EPA and other government agencies undertake and sustain those efforts.



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