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Handbook on the Benefits, Costs, and Impacts of Land Cleanup and Reuse


What is the Handbook?
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What is the Handbook?

EPA’s Handbook on the Benefits, Costs, and Impacts of Land Cleanup and Reuse summarizes the theoretical and empirical literature addressing benefit-cost and impact assessment of the cleanup and reuse scenario. When possible, recommendations are provided for conducting economic analysis of land cleanup and reuse sites and programs. The knowledge base for estimating the benefits, costs and impacts of land cleanup and reuse is still in its formative stages. Thus, another purpose of the Handbook is to provide a window into recent research and raise and clarify important questions that remain in the literature. The information provided in the Handbook, when used in conjunction with the EPA’s Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analysis, should allow analysts to more fully characterize the net benefits and impacts of EPA policies and programs targeting land cleanup and reuse.

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Who is the Handbook for?

The main audiences for the Handbook are those performing economic analysis of land cleanup and reuse sites and programs, including policy makers, the Agency’s Program and Regional Offices, and contractors providing economic reports to the EPA. The Handbook should be useful to analysts at the state, regional, and local levels as well.

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Download a copy of the Handbook.

The Handbook is available for download in a single PDF file (126 pp, 2MB, About PDF).

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Related materials.

Economics of Waste Management and Land Cleanup

Smith, V.K. 2011. “Peer Review Report for the Draft EPA Handbook on the Benefits, Costs, and Impacts of Land Cleanup and Reuse (PDF)(99 pp, 3MB, About PDF)


Workshop reports

NCEE Working Papers
EPA and Science Advisory Board Reports

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