National Ambient Air Quality Standards Essay

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1. Air pollution transport is the migration of air pollution away from the source and negatively impacting surrounding areas. Often with the air pollution comes environmental degradation and a disproportionate burden of morbidity in populations who did not participate in the production of the pollution. The regional and global air currents are responsible for this phenomenon. Depending on where the pollution is generated, it will be regulated differently, with disproportionate adherence to clean air standards motivated by financial gain of industry (Murphy, 2016). In response to this growing problem the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) was established to set and maintain national standards in the U.S. However, as we have discussed, pollution is not constrained by borders, so the larger conversation is required with trans-boundary flow of pollution with neighboring countries and with global air quality. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is participating in the global efforts to understand the global sources of air pollution and participates in the mitigation of these sources to improve global air quality (Murphy, 2016). In partnership with the global community, the USEPA has identified six international priorities, which address air pollution management practices, working towards the goal of total air pollution reduction.

2. The USEPA currently works with both Canada and Mexico to manage the…

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