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Analytical Guidance Documents

The Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (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.

OAQPS Economic Analysis Resource Document. The purpose of this document is to serve as a resource for 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 somewhat dated and we are currently considering steps to bring it up to date. To obtain a copy of the document, contact Darryl Weatherhead at: weatherhead.darryl@epa.gov

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's Control Cost Manual provides guidance for the development of accurate and consistent costs for air pollution control devices. The Control Cost Manual focuses on point source and stationary area source air pollution controls for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter (PM), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and some acid gases (primarily SO2 and HCl). EPA is currently at work updating the Control Cost Manual. This update is required according to the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act. EPA expects to complete all revisions to the manual by October 2017.

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

EPA Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses
Regulatory Flexibility Act/Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Act

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