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Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results FY2008:
Important Environmental Problems/National Priorities:
New Source Review Prevention of Significant Deterioration

FY2008 Annual Results Topics
Annual Results for
National Enforcement Priorities

Problem: 

Modifying a facility to increase production capacity has the potential to considerably increase the amount of pollution. These projects release nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SOx), and other harmful air pollutants. These pollutants contribute to respiratory illness and heart disease, contribute to formation of acid rain, reduce visibility, and can be transported over long distances before falling on land or water. These pollutants contribute to respiratory illness and heart disease, contribute to the formation of acid rain, reduce visibility, and carry over long distances before deposition on land or water. The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires installation of state-of-the-art pollution controls when facilities construct or modify new sources of emissions in a manner that increases air pollution. These requirements are called as New Source Review/Prevention of Significant Deterioration (NSR/PSD). Noncompliance with the NSR/PSD provisions of the CAA results in inadequate control of emissions and the release of thousands of tons of illegal pollution into the atmosphere each year.  In FY 2008 - FY 2010, EPA’s national priority will focus its NSR/PSD Priority by addressing several sources of air pollution reduction commitments through consent decrees with coal-fired electric utility sources, cement manufacturing, glass manufacturing, and sulfuric and nitric acid industries.

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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 426 million $2,550 million $8 million
FY 2008 1,654 million $4,790 million $18 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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