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Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results FY2008:
Important Environmental Problems/National Priorities:
Air Toxics

FY2008 Annual Results Topics

Problem: 

Toxic air pollutants are those pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects, such as reproductive or birth defects, or adverse environmental impacts. These pollutants come from a wide variety of sources, including industrial and utility operations, as well as smaller manufacturing and commercial sources. Human exposure to air toxics is widespread throughout the nation. EPA regulates 187 air toxics - known as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) - by developing Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards. EPA has made it a National Priority to address industries that have a high incidence of non-compliance with these regulations in order to reduce public exposure to toxic air emissions. In FY 2008 - FY 2010, EPA is focusing its Air Toxics Priority on addressing significant noncompliance and achieving emission reductions at facilities subject to the MACT Standards, with a focus on leak detection and repair (LDAR), industrial flares, and surface coatings.

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Key Results:

FY 2007 - 2008 Annual Results
Fiscal Year Estimated Pollutants to be Reduced or Treated
(lbs)*
Estimated Investments in Pollution Control
($)**
Civil Penalties
($) ***
FY 2007  0.8 Million $11 million $0.6 million
FY 2008 0.09 million $7 Million $2.5 million

*Estimated Pollutants Reduced or Treated is an estimate of the pounds of pollutants reduced, treated, or eliminated during the first year after a facility returns to compliance.
** Estimated Investments in Pollution Control is an estimate of the defendant’s cost to comply with consent decrees through the installation of appropriate pollutant controls.  The value for FY 2007 is adjusted for inflation using the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics calculator.
*** Civil Penalties are penalties assessed, not collected.  The value for FY 2007 is also adjusted for inflation.

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