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Document Title/Subject:
Final Regional Haze Regulation for Protection of Visibility in National Parks and Wilderness Areas: Chapter 10. Benefit-Cost Comparisons
Related Documents:
Signed by: Unsigned

Signature Date:

Contact:
Allen Basala
(919) 541-5622

Filename(s): http://www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/t1/reports/rh10ria.pdf

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Regulatory Authority:
Title 1

Division:
Policy Analysis and Communications Staff (OAQPS)
Submitted By:
hemby.james
Document Type:
Regulatory Impact Analyses
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Federal Register:
Supersedes:
Subject Category:
AIR
ECONOMICS
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Keywords:
Flexibility
Pollutants
Terms:
Air pollutants
Air quality
Clean Air Act
CAA
Cost benefit analysis
Environmental policy
Regulations
Abstract:
The Regional Haze rule is designed to enhance and protect visibility at large national parks and wilderness areas. There are 156 of these nationwide and they are called Mandatory Class I Federal Areas.

The Executive Summary of the RIA provides and overview of the scope, methodology, findings, limitations and conclusions of the Regional Haze RIA. Chapter 1 provides a brief description of the nature of the rule, refinements to the previous economic analysis, present analytical approach and remaining caveats and limitations. Chapter 2 describes the Statutory Authority for the Regional Haze rule as well as pertinent Executive Orders and Congressional Mandates related to the rule-making and analysis. Chapter 3 describes the illustrative progress goals and control strategies. Chapter 4 explains the concepts of benchmark and baseline emissions and air quality. Chapter 5 describes control measures, while Chapter 6 addresses emission reductions, air quality, visibility, and cost impacts, including the BART element of the rule. Chapter 7 estimates the administrative burden and costs associated with the final Regional Haze rule and Chapter 8 contains an assessment of the potential economic imp act of the rule as well as ways to avert or mitigate some impacts. Chapter 9 describes the underlying scientific physical and economic information used to assess benefits, the resulting benefit estimates, and plausibility checks for the estimated benefits. Chapter 10 contains a benfit-cost analysis for four uniform national progress goals as well as a situation where illustrative progress goals can vary across the geographic regions of the country (e.g. midwest/northeast, southeast, south central, Rocky Mountain, west, and northwest).

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