The Application of Emissions Trading to DoD Installations,
COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY WASHINGTON DC
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One of the first major environmental regulatory reform efforts under the Reagan Administration is the Emissions Trading Program. The program provides that States may develop, for Federal approval, a system that allows facilities to trade permits to discharge air pollutants. The Emissions Trading Program allows relaxation of discharge limitations on one location within an activity while requiring a greater degree of abatement at other locations within the facility or within the region. This paper addresses the potential use of Emissions Trading at DoD installations. Section 2.0 provides a discussion of the Clean Air Act. Section 3.0 summarizes the Emissions Trading concept. Section 4.0 provides three case studies of Emissions Trading, viz., Lemoore Naval Air Station, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and the Tri-Services Emissions Trading Project. We conclude in Section 5.0 that efforts to incorporate Emissions Trading in the DoD installation planning process will be important as the future development of this air quality management system takes place.