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Economic Analysis Of Effluent Guidelines For The Soap & Detergent Industry, Final. (See EPA Headquarters Library Copy #PB256-313).

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The soap and detergent industry is characterized by a highly concentrated oligopolistic market in which, according to 1970 census data, the first four companies accounted for 70% of the value of shipments and the first eight companies accounted for 79%.
Price competition is limited except in the liquid detergent field. In the marketing of household products advertising plays an important role in product differentiation.
On the basis of size, the industry was segmented into the first four, the first eight, "rest of the industry" basis. Segment I company sales ranged from $400,000,000 to over one billion dollars. Aggregate plant indicates that the efficiency of the three groups corresponds generally to ther ordering.
Simulation models of representative single plant producers in the industry indicate that on a point source basis the cost to the industry of the recommended control guidelines and standards is appreciable, impacting smaller producers relatively more heavily thatn larger producers. This point source approach is an indirect approach in assessing control costs. Since most of the industry interconnects with public waste treatment facilities, the greatest potential cost impact of effluent control will come from rising public waste treatment charges.
No adverse community, employment, or balance of payments effects are anticipated.

Economic impacts; Soap; Detergents; Water pollution economics; Water pollution standards; Industrial plants; Cost estimates; Water pollution abatement; Financing; Mathematical models; Technology; Manufacturing; Prices; Equipment; Operating costs; SIC 2841
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Office of Water
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Office of Planning and Evaluation
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Economic Impact Assessment
Colin A. Houston & Associates, Inc.
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