Controlling Industrial Pollution: The Economics and Politics of Clean Air

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Abbreviations and Glossary
AQCR Air quality control region; the Environmental Protec-
tion Agency has designated 247 such regions through-
out the country
Attainment Compliance with ambient air quality standards
BACT Best available control technology
BART Best available retrofit technology
Banking Stored emission reductions available for future growth
BAT Best available technology
BCT Best conventional technology
BOF Basic oxygen furnace
BPT Best practicable technology
Bubble policy An existing plant is allowed to trade pollution among
sources of emission as if the plant were under a bubble
CEQ Council on Environmental Quality
Criteria pollutant A pollutant for which the EPA has set a national air
quality standard
Emission Pollutant discharged from a source
Emission standard Maximum emissions of a given pollutant for an individ-
ual source
Exceedance Specific time when an ambient air quality standard is
exceeded
Increment Amount of additional pollution allowed in a given area
LAER Lowest achievable emission rate
LCV League of Conservation Voters
NAAQS National ambient air quality standard; the maximum
allowed concentration of a criteria pollutant
NCAQ National Commission on Air Quality
Netting Policy of increased emissions from one source being
offset by reductions elsewhere within that plant
Nonattainment Not in compliance with ambient air quality standards
NSPS New-source performance standards
Offsets Reductions in emissions from older sources to offset
emissions from new sources in nonattainment areas
PSD Prevention of significant deterioration; refers to a policy
designed to prevent areas with above-average quality
of air from being degraded
PSI Pollutant standard index; a measure of air quality based
on the pollutant with the highest concentration rela-
tive to its NAAQS

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