12.1 What Is The Protocol’s Function?
As noted above, the most important function of a protocol is to serve as a means for
planning and communicating up front how a modeled attainment demonstration will be
performed. The protocol is the means by which States/Tribes, U.S. EPA, and other stakeholders
can assess the applicability of default recommendations and develop alternatives. A good
protocol should lead to extensive participation by stakeholders in developing the demonstration.
It should also reduce the risk of spending time and resources on efforts which are unproductive
or inconsistent with EPA policy.
The protocol also serves several important, more specific functions. First, it should
identify who will help the State/Tribe or local air quality agency (generally the lead agency)
undertake and evaluate the analyses needed to support a defensible demonstration (i.e., the
stakeholders). Second, it should identify how communication will occur among States/Tribes
and stakeholders to develop consensus on various issues. Third, the protocol should describe the
review process applied to key steps in the demonstration. Finally, it should also describe how
changes in methods and procedures or in the protocol itself will be agreed upon and
communicated with stakeholders and the appropriate U.S. EPA Regional Office(s). Major steps
to implement the protocol should be discussed with the appropriate U.S. EPA Regional Office(s)
as they are being decided. States/Tribes may choose to update the protocol as major decisions
are made concerning forthcoming analyses.
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