The Clean Air Act
The Clean Air Act describes the legislative history regarding the reduction of atmospheric pollution. The United States Congress first passed the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955, then the Clean Air Act in 1963, followed by amendments in 1966, the Clean Air Act Extension in 1970, and further amendments in 1977 and 1990.
This course discusses the goals and importance of the Clean Air Act through its legislative history. Amendments have been implemented to these Acts, especially the 1990 Amendments which are covered in great detail in this course.
This course also covers how the Clean Air Act is designed to protect people and how well that goal has been accomplished. In addition, the course describes the purpose and requirements of the New Source Review (NSR) permitting program and the Title V permit program. The course ends with the Clear Skies Legislation which was proposed to reduce power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX), and mercury.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss the history, importance, and amendments to the Air Pollution Control Act and the Clean Air Act
- Describe how the Clean Air Act protects human health and public welfare
- Discuss the purpose and requirements of the three types of New Source Review (NSR) permitting program, including permits of Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), Non-Attainment, and Minor Source
- Discuss the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act, including the establishment of Operating Permit Program, Title V permit program requirements, and the revised emission standards
- Explain the purpose of the Clear Skies Legislation
- Describe the purpose and importance of the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), Utility Reductions Mercury Rule, new standards for ozone and fine particulate standards, in reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX),and mercury
- Five questions at the end of each lesson
- No mastery required
Final Exam Info:
- 20 questions
- 50% passing score