Environmental Economics

Financial Incentives and Pollution Control: A Case Study

Confronted with shortages of low-sulfur content residual fuel oil, several air-pollution-control authorities in the northeastern states were forced to relax air-quality standards during the winters of 1972-73 and 1973-74. The authorities did so by granting variances to their sulfur-content standards for residual fuel oil. The characteristics of these variances provide the social test-tube for this analysis. The report examines alternative policies such as direct regulation, fuel-oil surcharges, emission taxes and quantity control.

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    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches - Pollution Fees/Charges/Taxes
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    a. Air - Stationary Source
    a. Air - Tropospheric
    Ferrar, Terry A.
    Brownstein, Alan B.
    Simpson, John D.
    Streiter, Sally
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    Empirical Application, Policy Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0208
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    Pennsylvania State University, Center for the Study of Environmental PolicyAddress: 401 grange Building
    City: University Park State: PA ZIP: 16802
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    Environmental Protection Agency,
    Office of Research and Development, Washington Environmental Research Center
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
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    Date Linked: 08/25/2017
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