Section 32 of the Resource Management Act requires the Ministry for the Environment to consider alternatives, benefits and costs of any proposed national environmental standards. This report outlines the cost and the benefits of the proposed National Environmental Standards for Air Quality. The report concludes that standards present the most appropriate, effective and efficient means of meeting the Ministry for the Environment's objectives for air quality management.
Please note that the Section 32 reports were prepared before the regulations being developed. There are a number of differences between what the cost-benefit reports state as being proposed, and the form of the final regulations. It is recommended that you refer to the revised national environmental standards for air quality.