Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Sulfur Oxides – Health Criteria (Final Report, Sep 2008)
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This concise synthesis of the most policy-relevant science forms the scientific foundation for the review of the primary (health-based) NAAQS for SOx . The primary NAAQS for SOx , with SO2 serving as the indicator, is set at 0.14 parts per million (ppm), averaged over a 24 h period, not to be exceeded more than once per year, and 0.030 ppm annual arithmetic mean. The ISA accurately reflects the latest scientific knowledge useful in indicating the kind and extent of identifiable effects on public health which may be expected from the presence of [a] pollutant in ambient air Clean Air Act, Section 108, 1: (2003) .
Key information and judgments formerly contained in the Air Quality Criteria Document (AQCD) for SOx are incorporated in this assessment. Additional details of the pertinent scientific literature published since the last review, as well as selected older studies of particular interest, are included in a series of annexes. This ISA thus serves to update and revise the information available at the time of the previous review of the NAAQS for SOx in 1996.
|EPA put out a call for related information as part of an undertaking to update the science assessment for sulfur oxides.
|EPA hosted a workshop on the assessment of health science for the review of the NAAQS for Nitrogen (NOx) and Sulfur Oxides (SOx).
|EPA released the First External Review Draft for external peer review and public comment.
|EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) hosts a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee's (CASAC) Sulfur Oxides (SOx) Primary NAAQS Review Panel (Panel) to conduct a peer review of the report.
|EPA released the Second External Review Draft for external peer review and public comment.
|EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) hosts a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee's (CASAC) Sulfur Oxides (SOx) Primary NAAQS Review Panel (Panel) to conduct a peer review of the second external draft report.
|EPA released the final ISA for Sulfur Oxides (SOx) - Health Criteria.
|EPA reposts the final assessment with an errata sheet of updates.
This document has been reviewed in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy and approved for publication. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.
- Integrated Science Assessment for Sulfur Oxides – Health Criteria (PDF) (479 pp, 9 MB, about PDF)
- ERRATA Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 742 KB, about PDF)