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Monitoring, Assessment, and Environmental Policy

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Abstract: This overview chapter examines the roles that environmental monitoring and assessment can play in the development of environmental policy. It takes a case study approach, focusing on the key roles played by monitoring data in policy formulation in acid deposition, stratospheric ozone depletion, global climate change, criteria air pollutants, water quality management under the CWA, and the growing interest in environmental "report cards." Specifically excluding emissions monitoring, the most important role played by monitoring in the examples has been problem identification and analysis. Its role in program evaluation is increasing, but is limited by a lack of relevant, high quality data. Monitoring less frequently plays a key role in setting targets and establishing priorities, and in program management and execution.

This chapter has been approved for publication by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, but the opinions are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Agency.
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Citation:Messer, J. J. Monitoring, Assessment, and Environmental Policy. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Chapter22. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL, (2003).
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Contact: Liz Hope - (919) 541-2785 or hope.elizabeth@epa.gov
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Division: Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Division
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Branch: Immediate Office
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Product Type: Book Chaptr
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Published: 12/17/2003
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