||Developing Regulatory Programs for the Control of Acid Precipitation.
Berry, Michael A. ;
Bachmann., John D. ;
||Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Air pollution control ;
Sulfur oxides ;
Nitrogen oxides ;
Public health ;
Acid rain ;
||Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy.
The U.S. Clean Air Act provides mechanisms by which the public welfare may be protected from 'any known or anticipated adverse effects associated with the presence of (an) air pollutant in the ambient air'. The history of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to establish and defend a secondary ambient air quality standard for S oxides is reviewed. The role of acid rain in producing 'welfare effects' is described. Emphasis is given to the fact that a wide range of effects not simply limited to forest vegetation must be considered when designing pollution control programs. The possible effects of ignoring acid rain in developing control strategies to meet health related standards for S oxides, N oxides and particulates are mentioned. Accurate dose-response information and cumulative damage estimates are needed to quantify the effects of acid rain.