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The National Shipbuilding Research Program. Air Quality Best Management Practice (AQBMP) Resource Document for Shipyards
NATIONAL STEEL AND SHIPBUILDING CO SAN DIEGO CA
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Air quality issues have gained much importance due to the promulgation of federal regulations such as the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments CAAA. As environmental regulations increase in rigidity and become more expansive, industry must continually evaluate their operations and focus on the potential for proactive pollution prevention. lndustry has the greatest understanding of their processes, practices, and organization therefore, industry itself is best suited for determining cost effective methods for controlling air pollution. Industry realizes that it should take a proactive approach to reduce air pollution because of the importance of minimizing air pollution and reducing industrial impact on the environment and public health. In many cases, Air Quality Best Management Practices AQBMPs are the most effective mechanism to minimize air pollution from shipbuilding and repair operations. For the purpose of this project, the NSRP defines AQBMPs as low cost, low technology, common sense measures and practices designed to reduce air pollution. AQBMPs are frequently the most cost effective method of pollution control and therefore, an area of research that the NSRP directed project finding. The goal of this project was to investigate shipyard operations and develop AQBMP ideas to be presented in a resource document. The resource document provides environmental and production personnel with suggestions for minimizing emissions from several production operations and equipment. The AQBMPs are designed to be flexible to be customized for a specific shipyard. A suggested AQBMP implementation strategy is also provided in the document for additional guidance. Developing and implementing proactive AQBMPs will benefit shipyards and enhance their current environmental management efforts.
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