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Air Quality Planning (PLAN)

The Air Quality Planning curriculum is intended for learners who implement the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) via State/Tribal Implementation Plans (SIPs/TIPs), as well as Regional Haze. Some overlap exists between this curriculum and the permitting, air quality modeling, ambient air monitoring, and emissions inventories curricula. Topics as they relate primarily to air quality planning are covered in this curriculum alone.

In the left column, you will find entire e-learning courses. The right column provides the content of those same courses arranged by learning objective, for learners who would like to customize their learning plan or who are looking for more targeted training content. (It should be noted that training material is not yet available for all learning objectives.)
eLearning Courses

After completion of this course, learners will be able to explain the basic components of State and Tribal Implementation Plans (SIPs and TIPs) that are common for attaining any of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

This course is intended for learners who have several years of experience with air quality planning and have general knowledge about area designations, but have not yet applied their knowledge to analyze the technical factors that are typically used as part of the area designations process. After completion of this course, learners will be able to apply the technical factors as part of the area designations process.
eLearning Modules
(Listed by Learning Objective)

1. DESCRIBE NAAQS IMPLEMENTATION, IN GENERAL (FOUNDATIONAL)
What are Area Designations

What is a State or Tribal Implementation Plan

Timeline and Roles for SIP-TIP Submittal and Review

Exceptional Events Core Concepts

2. DESCRIBE THE REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESS TO DESIGNATE AREAS AS ATTAINMENT, NONATTAINMENT, OR ATTAINMENT/UNCLASSIFIABLE FOLLOWING PROMULGATION OF A NEW OR REVISED NAAQS (FOUNDATIONAL)
Area Designations Process and Timeline

3. DESCRIBE THE ROLE OF EACH STATE TO DEVELOP A STATE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (SIP) (FOUNDATIONAL)
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4. DESCRIBE THE ROLE OF THE EPA TO TAKE ACTIONS RELATED TO SIPS (REQUIRED BY CAA SECTION 110(K), (L), (M)) (FOUNDATIONAL)
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5. PROVIDE CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION AS IT RELATES TO TRIBAL IMPLEMENTATION PLANS (TIPS) (FOUNDATIONAL)
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6. PROVIDE CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE TRIBAL AUTHORITY RULE (FOUNDATIONAL)
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7. LOCATE INFORMATION ABOUT SIPS/TIPS (SUCH AS THE CURRENT SIP-APPROVED REGULATIONS, SOURCE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS AND PLANS FOR A STATE) (FOUNDATIONAL)
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8. IDENTIFY SOURCES OF AMBIENT AIR QUALITY DATA (FOUNDATIONAL)
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9. OUTLINE THE SIP/TIP DEVELOPMENT PROCESS (FOUNDATIONAL)
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10. EXPLAIN THE COMPONENTS OF ATTAINMENT SIPS/TIPS (FOUNDATIONAL)
What are the Components of Attainment SIPs and TIPs?

11. DESCRIBE REDESIGNATION FROM NONATTAINMENT TO ATTAINMENT, AND MAINTENANCE PLAN REQUIREMENTS (FOUNDATIONAL)
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12. DEFINE PREVENTION OF SIGNIFICANT DETERIORATION (PSD) PERMITTING PROGRAM (FOUNDATIONAL)
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13. SUMMARIZE NONATTAINMENT NSR (NNSR) CAA REQUIREMENTS AND WHEN THEY ARE TRIGGERED (FOUNDATIONAL)
Introduction to Permitting

14. DEFINE MINOR NSR PROGRAM/TRIBAL MINOR NSR (FOUNDATIONAL)
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15. DESCRIBE AVAILABLE GUIDANCE, TOOLS, AND RESOURCES FOR AIR QUALITY PLANNING (FOUNDATIONAL) 
Role, Purpose, and General Use of the EPA Air Pollution Control Cost Manual

16. APPLY TECHNICAL FACTORS, TOOLS, AND RESOURCES USED IN THE DESIGNATION PROCESS (INTERMEDIATE)
Area Designations Factor Analysis

17. EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE OF ROUTINE SIP RULE REVISIONS AND UPDATES (INTERMEDIATE)
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18. EVALUATE COMPLETENESS OF PLAN SUBMISSIONS (INTERMEDIATE)
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19. OUTLINE INFRASTRUCTURE SIP REQUIREMENTS (INTERMEDIATE)
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20. DEFINE ATTAINMENT DEMONSTRATIONS (INTERMEDIATE)
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21. EVALUATE CONTROL MEASURES AND THEIR COST EFFECTIVENESS (INTERMEDIATE)
Analyses Under the EPA Control Cost Manual

22. APPLY THE EXCEPTIONAL EVENT DEMONSTRATION PROCESS TO CASE-SPECIFIC SCENARIOS (INTERMEDIATE)
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23. DESCRIBE REQUIREMENTS THAT RELATE TO EMISSIONS DURING PERIODS OF STARTUP, SHUTDOWN AND MALFUNCTION (INTERMEDIATE)
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24. DEFINE CONFORMITY REQUIREMENTS (INTERMEDIATE)
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25. DESCRIBE REQUIREMENTS FOR ROP/RFP PLANS (INTERMEDIATE)
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26. DEFINE CONTINGENCY MEASURE REQUIREMENTS (INTERMEDIATE)
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27. DEFINE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR REDESIGNATION TO ATTAINMENT AND MAINTENANCE PLANS (INTERMEDIATE)
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28. DESCRIBE THE USE OF CLEAN DATA DETERMINATIONS (CDDS) TO SUSPEND REQUIREMENTS BEFORE AN EVENTUAL ACTION TO FORMALLY REDESIGNATE (INTERMEDIATE)
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29. ANALYZE POSSIBLE SCENARIOS THAT MIGHT LEAD TO A FEDERAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (INTERMEDIATE)
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30. DESCRIBE THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF INTERSTATE TRANSPORT ANALYSIS (INTERMEDIATE)
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31. EXPLAIN HOW REGIONAL HAZE SIPS ARE EVALUATED (INTERMEDIATE)
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32. PREPARE (STATES/TRIBES) AND EVALUATE (EPA) STATE/TRIBAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AREA DESIGNATIONS (ADVANCED)
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33. PREPARE INFRASTRUCTURE SIP SUBMITTAL (ADVANCED)
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34. DESCRIBE SPECIAL TOPICS RELATED TO INTERSTATE TRANSPORT (ADVANCED)
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35. USE DIFFERENT SOURCES OF AIR QUALITY DATA TO CONDUCT ANALYSES (ADVANCED)
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36. ANALYZE EXCEPTIONAL EVENTS (ADVANCED)
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37. CONDUCT NONATTAINMENT NSR (NNSR) ANALYSES: LAER AND EMISSION OFFSETS (ADVANCED)
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38. PREPARE AN ATTAINMENT DEMONSTRATION FOR A NONATTAINMENT SIP (ADVANCED)
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39. RESEARCH AND DEVELOP INFORMATION TO ENSURE A SIP REVISION DOES NOT INTERFERE WITH ANY APPLICABLE REQUIREMENT CONCERNING ATTAINMENT, RFP, OR OTHER CAA REQUIREMENTS (ADVANCED)
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40. COMPILE EMISSION INVENTORIES (ESPECIALLY FOR NONATTAINMENT AREAS) (ADVANCED)
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41. ANALYZE AND PLAN CONTROL MEASURES FOR SIPS (I.E. RACT/RACM) (ADVANCED)
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42. INTERPRET AND APPLY SPECIAL CAA PROVISIONS (ADVANCED)
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43. INTERPRET AND APPLY GENERAL AND TRANSPORTATION CONFORMITY REQUIREMENTS (ADVANCED)
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44. FORMULATE REDESIGNATION AND MAINTENANCE PLANS (ADVANCED)
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45. PREPARE A CLEAN DATA DETERMINATION (CDD) REQUEST (ADVANCED)
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46. INTERPRET AND APPLY REGIONAL HAZE REQUIREMENTS (ADVANCED)
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