Title: The Italian debate on the role of regulatory models in the framework of the new European directives on air quality

Authors: M.C. Cirillo, M. Tamponi, G. Zanini

Addresses: ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Environment), Environment Department, CR Casaccia, C.P. 2400, 00100 Rome, Italy. ' USSL 7 – Regional Health Service – Regione Lombardia, via Longoni 13, 22048 Oggiono (Lc), Italy. ' ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Environment), Environment Department, via Martiri di Monte Sole 4, 40100 Bologna, Italy

Abstract: This paper addresses some topics from the debate in Italy about the role of regulatory models in the management of air quality. It appears that an effective use of dispersion and transformation models cannot take place unless some |external| (i.e. prejudices against models) as well as |internal| (i.e. actual deficiencies in model evaluation and use) issues are overcome. Models play an important role as a complement to a monitoring network, and are indispensable tools in the implementation of an air quality management plan: these points should be taken into account in the new European directives on air quality presently under discussion.

Keywords: air pollution; European directives; regulatory models; environmental pollution; modelling; Italy; air quality management; atmospheric dispersion models.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.1997.028235

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 1997 Vol.8 No.3/4/5/6, pp.817 - 824

Available online: 15 Sep 2009 *

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