STATEMENT OF TASK
An NRC committee will evaluate potential air quality, public health, and other impacts of EPA’s final rules of December 31, 2002, and October 27, 2003, relating to “prevention of significant deterioration” in areas currently meeting air quality standards and “new source review” in areas that do not currently meet air quality standards. The programs are collectively referred to as NSR. Taking into account the relatively short time that will have elapsed since the promulgation of the rule and the economic conditions that have prevailed in the interim, the committee will consider the data and methods necessary to assess specific effects of the NSR rules expected to occur in the coming years. To the extent possible, the committee will utilize such approaches to estimate and evaluate the following:
Resulting increases or decreases in emissions of pollutants regulated under the NSR program;
Resulting impacts on human health;
Pollution control and prevention technologies to be installed after the effective dates of the rules at facilities covered under the NSR rulemaking;
Increases or decreases in efficiency of facility operations, including energy efficiency, at new and existing facilities covered by the NSR rule;
Other relevant data; and
The amount of uncertainty associated with estimates of the effects mentioned above.
Having reviewed and evaluated the available data, the committee would be expected to identify and recommend additional data collection that would be necessary in the future years going forward to assess impacts.
In addition to a final report, the committee will provide an interim report containing all conclusions and recommendations the committee determines to be feasible and appropriate at that stage in its study.
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.