Environmental Economics

Improving RIAs: Suggestions for the Analysis of Hazardous Waste Regulations

The report describes the results of a study comparing the information provided in eight hazardous waste regulatory impact analyses (RIAs) to EPA guidelines for the preparation of RIAs. Results were summarized and suggestions were made for improving future RIAs. The categories for evaluation of the RIAs were the nature of the problem, regulatory alternatives analyzed, data sources used, product market impact analysis, analysis of impacts on exposure, benefits estimation, costs estimation, comparison of costs and benefits, and the RIA as a whole. The eight RIAs were for the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan, Management of Used Oil, Small Quantity Generators of Hazardous Waste, Reportable Quantity Adjustments under Sections 102 and 103 of CERCLA, RCRA Incinerator Regulations, and Land Disposal of Hazardous Wastes, Certain Dioxin-containing Wastes, and Certain Solvent Wastes. An Executive Summary is also available.

Executive Order 12291, issued by President Reagan on February 17, 1981, requires that Federal agencies prepare a regulatory impact analysis (RIA) for their new major regulations. The intent of this order was to ensure that regulations would be subject to a rigorous benefit-cost analysis before they could be promulgated and that alternatives to regulation would be considered. As stated in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Guidelines for Performing Regulatory Impact Analyses "...by developing and organizing information, quantifying and monetizing benefits and costs to the extent possible, and determining distributional effects and economic impacts, the RIA should provide decisionmakers with a comprehensive assessment of the implications of alternative regulatory actions." This study explores how future hazardous waste RIAs could be performed so as to provide such comprehensive information for regulatory decisionmakers.

  • Keywords

    Subject:
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    3. Cost and Economic Impacts Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Major Programs and Media
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Surveys and Critiques
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Methodology
    3. Costs and Economic Impact Analysis - Economic Impacts
    3. Costs and Economic Impact Analysis - Surveys and Critiques
    3. Costs and Economic Impact Analysis - Methodology
    Environmental Media:
    c. Land
    c. Land - Solid Waste/RCRA
    c. Land - Superfund/CERCLA
    Authors:
    Mauskopf, Josephine A.
    Anderson, Donald
    Jacobs, Pamela
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Methodology Development & Evaluation, Methodology Guidelines
    Report Series:
    Improving RIAs: Suggestions for the Analysis of Hazardous Waste Regulations
    Inventory Record #: EE-0290B
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    2) Improving RIAs: Suggestions for the Analysis of Hazardous Waste Regulation - Executive Summary
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Research Triangle InstituteAddress:
    City: Research Triangle Park State: NC ZIP: 27709
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    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Economic Analysis DivisionAddress:
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP:
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  • Report Details
    Type:
    Final
    Date:
    01/01/1987
    Number of Pages:
    156
    Comment:
    EPA #:
    NTIS #:
    Grant/Contract #:
    EPA-230-02-87-023
    PB87-176392
    68-01-7033
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