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The Nation is committed to the goal of clean air.

The Congress has articulated, through the Clean Air Act (CAA) and its Amendments, national air quality goals, including ambient air quality standards for the protection of human health and welfare. The Nation has invested substantial resources in reducing air pollution and will continue to invest tens of billions of dollars annually to meet its clean air goals. While the Nation's commitment to better air quality is clear and unequivocal, the best means of attaining it are far less clear. Public debate often highlights the difficult issues associated with managing the Nation's air quality. What is "acceptable air quality"? How sure of the linkage between emissions and effects must we be before we act? Can we demonstrate the benefits that accrue from our investment in reducing emissions?

Subcommittee Goals

Strategic Action Plan

The breadth and complexity of air quality issues necessitate a strategic approach to the development of truly complementary and collaborative efforts among the member agencies. The main elements of this plan are as follows:

Focus Issues

The Subcommittee is currently focusing its efforts on the following areas:

Clearly, many of the phenomena associated with these issues are interrelated. For example, particulate matter plays a role in acidic deposition. Similarly, the oxidizing capacity of the atmosphere influences the formation of acidic compounds, particulate matter and surface ozone.

Charter PDF file of the Air Quality Research Subcommittee (AQRS), Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS), National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)

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