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Draft Integrated Urban Air Toxics Strategy
|Signed by: Carol Browner
Signature Date: August 31, 1998
Air Quality Strategies and Standards Division (OAQPS)
EPA Document Number:
AIR COMMUNITIES Toxics
Automobile repair industry Benzene Dry cleaning industry Flexibility Hazardous air pollutants
HAPs Maximum Achievable Control Technology Emission Standards
MACTs Vehicle emissionsVolatile organic compounds
Clean Air Act
CAA Toxic substances
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a draft integrated urban air toxics strategy for public comment. The draft strategy presents a broad framework for addressing air toxics in urban areas. Air toxics, which are also known as hazardous air pollutants, are those pollutants known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health or environmental effects.
The draft strategy builds on the substantial emission reductions EPA, and state and local governments have already achieved from cars, trucks, fuels, and industries such as chemical plants and dry cleaners. The draft strategy outlines actions to reduce emissions of air toxics and to improve EPA's understanding of risks posed by air toxics in urban areas. It includes a draft list for public comment of the air toxics that present the greatest threat to public health in the largest number of urban areas. It also lists categories of area sources that emit air toxics and could be subject to emission standards and includes a workplan to develop these and other actions in the future to substantially reduce risks from air toxics in urban areas from all sources. The draft strategy relies on collaborative relationships with State and local agencies, environmental justice communities, and affected industries to assure the actions are responsive to health concerns while promoting fairness, encouraging urban redevelopment, and minimizing regulatory burden. The draft strategy does not have any direct regulatory consequences. It presents the basis for EPA's identification of pollutants and source categories, and plans for further actions to address risks to public health in urban areas.