A Local Approach to Regulating Toxic Air Contaminants

by Douglas Quetin, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution, Control District, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering

Abstract: The Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District began developing a local toxic rule that would apply to a broad number of pollutants and yet be readily usable to a permitting engineer. The Board of Directors of the agency adopted a toxics rule in March 1986. The rule specifies allowable risk of potential cancer cases for those compounds considered carcinogenic. For those compounds exhibiting classic toxic non-carcinogenic effects, workplace standards serve as the foundation for assessment. The rule provides for accountability through the use of benchmark allowable pollutant levels and control technologies while allowing flexibility through provisions for more detailed analyses.

Subject Headings: Air pollution | Toxicity | Pollutants | Risk management | Personnel management | Health hazards | Bays | Aging (material) | California

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