In June 2004, the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) formed the Air Quality Management Work Group. The Work Group’s task was to assess the recommendations made by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies in its 2004 report, Air Quality Management in the United States, and to advise the CAAAC on ways to improve the U.S. air quality management system, with an emphasis on activities that could be accomplished in the next one to five years.
In this report, the Work Group advances detailed recommendations. These recommendations address the five main areas of concern of the NRC:
1) Strengthening scientific and technical capacity.
2) Expanding national and multistate control strategies.
3) Transforming the SIP process.
4) Developing an integrated program for criteria and hazardous air pollutants.
5) Enhancing protection of ecosystems and public welfare.