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Regulations and Policies

Regulations and Policies

Government agencies at all levels strive to maintain and improve air quality and to protect public health and well-being. For over 25 years, SC&A’s air quality specialists have worked with Federal, regional, State, and local government agencies to develop regulations, programs, and policies to fulfill this mission and achieve healthy air. SC&A has supported these agencies throughout the rule and policy development process, from project inception to completion.

Examples of the rule development services we provide:

  • Industry characterization
  • Information collection and analysis
  • Emission control options identification and assessment
  • Costs and benefits analyses
  • Stakeholder meeting support
  • Preparation and review of proposal packages
  • Public hearing logistical support
  • Public comment review and summary
  • Comment analysis and response development
  • Preparation and review of promulgation packages
  • Litigation support
  • Implementation technical assistance

Sample Projects

Risk and Technology Review Regulations. SC&A has supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the development of regulations addressing the air emissions of hazardous air pollutants for more than 20 major source categories as part of the EPA�s Risk and Technology Review (RTR) program.

Methane Regulations for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry. SC&A has been the EPA’s primary support contractor for development of air regulations for the oil and natural gas sector, including the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for criteria air pollutants and the National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for toxic air pollutants.

New Source Review and Title V Permitting Programs. SC&A staff have supported major rulemaking and policy actions associated with EPA air permitting programs for more than 20 years, including efforts to streamline the federal permitting processes.

Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry. SC&A staff assisted the EPA in developing the Control Techniques Guidelines for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry (CTG). The CTG provides recommendations to inform State, local, and Tribal air agencies of what constitutes reasonably available control technology for selected oil and natural gas industry emission sources.

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