Offering a wide range of steps to control air pollution, many AAPCD agencies are located within each individual state, with that state under the umbrella of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) board in its Research & Development division, Risk Management Research area. Many, if not most, states may need an indirect source permit for new and modified sources, with municipalities being exempt from the fee if they cannot recover the fee costs from charging user fees who use the servicewith indirect sources being defined as highway projects, shopping malls, commercial and industrial parks, and recreational facilitiesall effecting how steps to control air pollution are developed.
This article will discuss the umbrella under the EPA in regarding steps to control air pollution, which uses a wide number of methods regarding the release of pollutants into the environment. These steps involve emissions from industries and motor vehicles to emergency responses and clean-up activities, with the adoptions of ecologically sound procedures. Steps to control air pollution are located at the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division (APPCD) within the National Risk Management Research Laboratory division. Their job is to conduct all areas of pollutant research with further developments and demonstrations in air pollution prevention/control technologies. The control technologies utilized are key industries, electric power plants, incinerators, indoor environments, and sources of greenhouse gases used.
Because of all the control technologies used in developing steps to control air pollution, the APPCD works closely with many organizationsindustries, trade organizations, and professional groups. Concentrating their efforts to six program areas, their research is done through a wide variety of mechanisms.
Indoor Air Quality
Global Climate Change
To make things even more complicated yet more organized for developing steps to control air pollution are six branches within the APCD: the ADMINISTRATIVE OPERATIONS STAFF branch is responsible for the management of APPCD’s financial resources, in addition to controlling and administrating APPCD’s execution of financial resources for research programs; the AIR POLLUTION TECHNOLOGY branch conducts fundamental and applied combustion research since the beginning of the EPA, instrumental in the development and application of flue gas desulfurization systems in utility power plants; the ATMOSPHERIC PROTECTION branch’s mission is to perform risk management research that will “make a difference within Earth’s environment and its inhabitants”, with a multiple of emphasesclimate change, animal feed lots, biogenics, mobile sources, energy related sustainability, modeling, and coal combustion residues; the INDOOR ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT branch is the basis for developing better understandings between indoor air quality and emissions sources, heating, ventilating, HVAC systems, and air cleaning devices; and the ATMOSPHERIC PROTECTION branch which is part of the Technical Service Branch under the EPA’s APPCD division to coordinate, manage and provide air pollution control technologies: