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Document Title/Subject:
Visibility in
Mandatory Federal Class I Areas (1994-1998): A Report to Congress
Related Documents:
Signed by: Administrator Whitman

Signature Date: 2/4/02

Contact:
Gary Blais

Filename(s):
URL(s):
http://www.epa.gov/oar/visibility/monitor.html


Regulatory Authority:
Title 1
Division/Director:
Air Quality Strategies and Standards Division (OAQPS) / Lydia Wegman
Submitted By:
blais.gary
OGC Contact:
Mike Prosper
OGC Phone#:
(202)564-5589
Internet Contact:
Jeff Clark
Document Type:
Reports to Congress
EPA Document Number:
EPA-452/R-01-008
Federal Register:
Supersedes:
Subject Category:
AIR
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
PM
Keywords:
Particulate matter
Sulfur oxides
Regional Haze Visibility National Parks
Terms:
Air quality
Clean Air Act
CAA
Abstract:
This Report to Congress on visibility is an assessment of actual progress and improvement in visibility conditions in mandatory national parks and wilderness areas valued for their scenic views. These areas are known as Federal Class I areas. Under section 169 of the Clean Air Act (CAA; as amended in 1990), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must issue a report to Congress estimating the visibility improvement that could be expected in Class I areas due to implementation of the 1990 CAA Amendments. The EPA first issued this report in October 1993. The CAA also requires that every 5 years thereafter, EPA shall provide Congress with an assessment of actual progress and improvement in visibility in Class I areas in the form of a written report with copies to appropriate Congressional committees. This report is intended to satisfy that requirement and assesses visibility improvement over the period 1994-1998. Visibility conditions at forty-three monitor locations were calculated based on particulate matter concentrations for the period from 1994 through 1998. Visibility conditions showed statistically significant improvements at six sites on the least-impaired days and five sites on the most-impaired days. They also showed declines at three sites on the least-impaired days but no sites on the most-impaired days.

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