Cost Analysis Models/Tools for Air Pollution Regulations
EPA develops and applies methodologies for estimating the costs of air pollution regulations. Products include cost methodology manuals, spreadsheets for estimating costs, control strategy software, databases of emission control measures, and other useful information related to air pollution control costs. Provided below are the cost-related models and tools maintained by EPA.
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The EPA Air Pollution Control Cost Manual provides guidance for the development of accurate and consistent costs for air pollution control devices. The Control Cost Manual focuses on point source and stationary area source air pollution controls for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter (PM), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and some acid gases (primarily SO2 and HCl). More information on the Control Cost Manual is available at Cost Reports and Guidance.
The Control Strategy Tool (CoST), developed in 2008, is part of EPA's Emissions Modeling Framework (EMF). CoST is used to estimate emissions reductions and engineering costs associated with control strategies applied to point and area sources of air pollutant emissions to support the analyses of air pollution policies and regulations. CoST accomplishes this by matching control measures to emissions units/sources in the emissions inventory using source classification codes. Control strategy results can be exported or viewed in a table that supports sorting and filtering. CoST has the following capabilities:
- the ability to insert emissions inventories from the Emissions Modeling Framework (EMF);
- the ability to insert new control measure data; and
- the ability for users to track their analyses and create summary reports and output files.
Information on control efficiencies and engineering costs is contained in the Control Measures Database (CMDB), which currently focuses on criteria pollutants.
The CoST software (version 4.1) is available for download (see below). Documentation for the tool is included on this web site (below). Contact Brian Keaveny at firstname.lastname@example.org for general information about CoST.
Access to the CoST Software and Training Manual/User's Guide
EPA's Control Strategy Tool (CoST) version 4.1 is available on the Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) website at the link below. From the CMAS website, you can access both the Java code that is used to build the server and client applications, and files with SQL statements to create and update the database tables and stored procedures. You can also access the CoST Training Manual and User's Guide which contains installation instructions and exercises for applying the tool.
The following links exit the site
|CoST Software and Training Manual/User's Guide on CMAS
|CoST Version 4.1 Software
|CoST User's Guide (HTML)
Additional CoST Documentation and Control Measures Data
A link to additional CoST documentation is listed below. Also below is a link to the CoST Control Measures Database (CMDB) files. The files listed below are in PDF format unless noted otherwise and can be downloaded by clicking on the links.
CoST was peer reviewed in 2013. For a summary of the reviewers' comments and EPA's responses, please contact Brian Keaveny at email@example.com.
|CoST Documentation and Data
|CoST Development Document (113 pp, 1 M)
|CoST Cost Equations Documentation (41 pp, 531 K)
|CMDB Technical Support Document (23 pp, 478 K)
|CMDB for Stationary Sources (zip)
|Air Compliance Advisor
|Air Compliance Advisor is a PC-based program to supplement EPA’s Air Pollution Control Cost Manual; user inputs specific information about a pollution source to derive pre-control levels of pollution for VOCs, NOx, PM, and SO2 and can perform dynamic "what-if" analyses to rapidly develop creative strategies for pollution control. Note that EPA ceased updates to Air Compliance Advisor so the underlying information is no longer current. Contact Larry Sorrels at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about the Air Compliance Advisor.