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G413
Cap and Trade Programs

Lee Layton, PE

This five-hour course covers cap and trade pollution control programs. The course covers the different types of pollution control strategies and how cap and trade programs can be designed and implemented.

In 1990, the EPA recommended cap and trade as a program to control sulfur dioxide emissions and this program has worked exceptionally well. The EPA is now pushing for cap and trade regulation of carbon dioxide and many in the industry feel this completely inappropriate method to regulate this pollutant. One of the reasons the SO2 cap and trade programs worked so well is that technology existed to control SO2 emissions. In contrast, there is currently no practical, operational methodology to limit CO2 emission at large central station power plants and it is feared that implementing a cap and trade program will have a severe economic impact on the U.S. economy.

California is implementing its own cap and trade program for CO2, which many believe is a very risky and foolhardy proposition. However, California is not afraid to experiment with its citizenís pocketbooks and States economy as evidenced by its botched deregulation effort in the Ď90ís.

Regardless of how cap and trade is ultimately used, this course will help you understand how the programs are designed and operated.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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