The Implications of Geographic-Specificity for Air Pollution Abatement Strategy.

by Alan Carlin

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A review of a presentation by R. E. Kohn at the Symposium on the Development of Air Quality Standards in Los Angeles in October 1969. Professor Kohn's discussion of air pollution abatement strategy could be expanded by considering an additional strategy wherein each pollution control authority determines which air quality standards are exceeded, establishes progressively smaller annual limits for the emission of corresponding pollutants by specified categories of emitters until the desired air standards are met, and then auctions off permits corresponding to these limits. This approach appears to offer significant advantages over either strategy discussed by Kohn, if the assumption of the geographic-specificity problem (that emissions from all sources, regardless of their location in the airshed, have equal effect on air quality at a receptor point) is ignored. If considered, then restricted auctions with minimum bids equal to the computed emission charges for each district and emission limit would appear optimum. 6 pp.

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