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Environmental Economics: Air Quality Policy Acronyms

Test your ability to recognize a number of acronyms that are widely used in Air Quality regulation.

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VOCVolatile organic compound
TSPTotal suspended particulates
PM-10Particulate matter less than 10 microns (micrometers) in diameter
PM-2.5Particulate matter less than 2.5 microns (micrometers) in diameter
MTBEmethyl tertiary butyl ether (an oxygenating compound to improve auto emissions)
AQCRAir Quality Control Region
AQMDAir Quality Management District
BACTBest Available Control Technology (For "prevention of significant deterioration" (PSD) areas
BARTBest Available Retrofit Technology (In "prevention of significant deterioration" (PSD) areas: an exception to requirements for Best Available Control Technology (BACT) in the case of visibility-impairing pollutants.
CAAClean Air Act
CACCommand and Control
CBOTChicago Board of Trade (operates the EPA's auctions of tradeable SO2 allowances
EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency
ERCEmission Reduction Credit
LAERLowest Achievable Emission Rate A tighter technology-based standard for pollution control, applying to new ormodified sources in nonattainment areas. The most stringent emission limit achieved in practice by the same type of source.)
MACTMaximum Achievable Control Technology (The pollution control technology that achieves the maximum degree of reduction to be achieved by the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).)
NAAQSNational Ambient Air Quality Standards (Maximum allowable concentrations of criteria air pollutants emitted from stationary or mobile sources into the outside air.)
NAPAPNational Acidic Precipitation Assessment Program
NESHAPNational Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (Standards set to protect public health and the environment that are applicable to every major source of any identified hazardous air pollutant. NESHAPs are allowed to take into account the costs to attain the standards, any non-air-quality health and environmental impacts, and energy requirements.)
NSPSNew Source Performance Standards (Emissions limits applicable to new and modified stationary sources.)
PSDPrevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD areas are air quality control regions meeting or exceeding national ambient air quality standards.)
PSIPollution Standards Index (An index number that signifies the worst daily air quality in an urban area over some time period. A value of 100 would be exactly equal to the NAAQS standard. 0-50=Good, 51-100=Moderate, 101-199=Unhealthful, 200-299=Very Unhealthful, 300+ = Hazardous.)
RACTReasonable Available Control Technology (The least stringent of all of the technology-bases standards. Standard applies to existing sources in nonattainment areas. New or modified sources must comply with the lowest achievable emission rate (LAER).
RECLAIMRegional Clean Air Incentives Market (California's program for tradeable permits for sulfur oxides and reactive organic gases.)
RTCRECLAIM Trading Credit (Represents one pound of emissions up to a company's emissions cap in the Los Angeles RECLAIM program for NO<sub>x</sub> and SO<sub>x</sub>.)
SCAQMDSouth Coast Air Quality Management District
SIPState Implementation Plan (A detailed procedure outlining how a state intends to implement, monitor, and enforce the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).)


Trudy Ann Cameron (Prof.)

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