Attainment area


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Attainment area

An area considered to have air quality as good as or better than the NAAQS as defined in the Clean Air Act. An area may be an attainment area for one pollutant and a nonattainment area for others.
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The POC is an attainment area and has developed the Pledge of Growth plan, partnering with the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to reduce the emissions impact at the port by focusing on initiatives that make business sense as well as environmental sense.
The ambient air quality level of criteria pollutants in an attainment area cannot exceed the baseline concentration(36) plus an increment.
Recent empirical work has shown that holding all else equal, the tougher LAER antipollution requirements imposed on new sources in non-attainment areas deter firms from opening new plants there, so that plant growth is higher in cleaner, attainment areas than in non-attainment areas.
In general, these rules apply in ozone non attainment areas to facilities that have at least 15 lb/day of solvent cleaning VOC emissions (uncontrolled).
Alternatively, Henderson (1996) found that a switch from attainment to non-attainment led to an exodus of the more severely polluting industries from the non-attainment areas to attainment areas.
We have seen the passing of a pair of major attainment deadlines for ozone and carbon monoxide (CO) levels, and approximately 70 areas, most of which previously had excessive ozone levels, have been redesignated as attainment areas.
In the later years of regulation, nonattainment status reduces expected "births" in polluting industries by 40-50 percent, resulting in a shift of polluting activity to cleaner, less populated attainment areas.
Attainment areas surrounding these "transitional" areas will be designated as "areas of influence" (AOIs) with accompanying requirements to implement at least some of the pollution control strategies required in non-attainment areas.
Companies that are in ozone attainment areas only need to follow standards covering HAP emissions.
MPOs serving large regions (regions with populations greater than 200,000) and MPOs from attainment areas were somewhat over-represented in the results.
areas where the NAAQS were not met) were subject to substantially stiffer regulation than firms in attainment areas during this period.
Combining the new program for packagers with continuous product investment demonstrate the commitment that GE Oil & Gas and packager participants have to help ensure that compression companies are able to operate as cost-effectively as possible and with peace-of-mind even in the strictest attainment areas.