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Analytical Guidance Documents

The OAQPS develops and applies methodologies for the estimation of costs, benefits, and economic impacts of national air pollution regulations. These methods are developed in a manner consistent with accepted theories in economics, engineering, and the physical sciences with considerations for data availability and other constraints inherent in conducting applied work.

The OAQPS Economic Analysis Resource Document is one of the salient resources used by OAQPS staff and others for understanding and performing economic analyses. This document should not be interpreted as guidance that will be followed exactly by OAQPS in its analyses. Each analysis performed by OAQPS presents unique features and hence this guidance is only advisory in nature. This document is continually revised to reflect changes in EPA's approach to implementing statutory or administrative requirements and to clarify and update methods/data/models as necessary. The OAQPS Resource Document can be viewed and/or downloaded in its entirety or by section/chapter.

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OAQPS Economic Analysis Resource Document (Full Document)
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Regulatory Background
Chapter 3: Regulatory Development
Chapter 4: Industry Profile
Chapter 5: Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) Framework
Chapter 6: Impact Analysis
Chapter 7: Benefits Analysis
Chapter 8: Methodological Issues
Chapter 9: Communicating Results

In addition to the OAQPS Economic Resource Document, OAQPS has
developed the following guidance documents of potential interest:

EPA Air Pollution Control Cost Manual. EPA is currently at work updating
the EPA Air Pollution Control Cost Manual. This update is required
according to the 2014 Omnibus Bill. EPA expects to complete all revisions
to chapters over the next 3 years (Timeline for chapter revision).

There are other economic guidance documents used throughout the Agency including:

EPA Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses
Policies and Guidance on Environmental Justice
Regulatory Flexibility Act/Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Act

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