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Keating, Terry J., and Alex Farrell. 1999. Transboundary Environmental Assessment: Lessons from the Ozone Transport Assessment Group. Technical Report NCEDR/99-02. Knoxville, TN: National Center for Environmental Decisionmaking Research.

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Abstract

This study summarizes and evaluates one of the largest and most important transboundary environmental assessments to take place in the United States: the Ozone Transport Assessment Group (OTAG). OTAG was organized to address the problem of the long-range transport of tropospheric ozone and its precursors across the eastern United States and operated from the spring of 1995 until the summer of 1997. It is a good example of an open, multi-stakeholder process. This study explores why OTAG was created, how it functioned, and what it accomplished. Most importantly, this study tries to identify the lessons that are available to be learned from the OTAG experience that may be applied to future transboundary, multi-State environmental assessments. The study was prepared for the National Center for Environmental Decision-making Research (NCEDR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.

 

 
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