We create a streamlined approach for estimating the U.S. public health benefits of emission control, on a per-ton basis. We do so by incorporating epidemiological and economic valuation data into the adjoint of an atmospheric chemical transport model. We estimate benefits-per-ton of emission control for chronic mortality and acute morbidity endpoints. Our results indicate that benefits-per-ton of NOx reduction are highly variable from source-to-source or location-to-location. We find that mortality due to long-term exposure comprises a significant portion of the total benefits of NOx control for ozone air quality management.

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Pappin, A. (Amanda), & Hakami, A. (2016). Health benefits of emission controls: A multi-pollutant and multi-health outcome analysis. In Air Pollution Modeling and its Application XXIV (pp. 155–159). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-24478-5_25