Evaluation of Atmospheric Environmental Regulations: The Case of Thermoelectric Power Plants

Mateo Concha, Gonzalo A. Ruz

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In Chile, the concept of sacrifice zones corresponds to those land surfaces in which industrial development was prioritized over the environmental impact that it caused. A high number of industries that emit pollutants into the environment are concentrated in these zones. This paper studies the atmospheric component of the Environmental Impact Declaration and Assessment’s (EID and EIA, respectively) environmental assessment instruments of the thermoelectric power plants in northern Chile, based on their consistency with current environmental quality regulations. We specify concepts on air quality, atmospheric emission regulations, and the critical parameters and factors to be considered when carrying out an environmental impact assessment. Finally, we end by presenting possible alternatives to replace the current methodologies and criteria for atmospheric regulation in areas identified as saturated or of environmental sacrifice, with an emphasis on both population health and an environmental approach.

Original languageEnglish
Article number358
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • atmosphere
  • coal-fired
  • emission
  • policy
  • pollution
  • power plant
  • regulation


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