The Environmental Protection Agency reviews how the multi-pollutant control concept is to work.
Mr. Adamantiades managed the Integrated Planning Model (IPM) analyses, evaluating the emission reductions, pollution controls, costs, and other impacts of CAIR. Ms. Chappell managed the Regulatory Impact Analysis for CAIR that not only included the IPM results, but the air quality and benefits analysis results as well. Mr. Napolitano, director of EPA’s Clean Air Markets Division, was part of a group of senior air staff that managed the development of CAIR.
On March 10, 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) to reduce air pollution that moves across state boundaries in 28 Eastern states and the District of Columbia. When fully implemented, CAIR will reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions in these states by more than 70 percent and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions by more than 60 percent from 2003 levels, resulting in more than $100 billion in health and visibility benefits per year by 2015.1 EPA expects these air pollution reductions to be achieved largely through a proven emissions cap-and-trade program.
CAIR-one of the largest EPA initiatives ever undertaken-will go a long way in helping localities meet federal air quality standards. The rule, based on multi-pollutant control concepts that EPA first introduced nearly a decade ago,2 is not without costs, benefits, and other impacts.3