Environmental Economics

Pollution Control Cost Analysis

In this report, methods and procedures used to conduct cost analysis for regulatory impact analyses are described and improvements are suggested. The microeconomic foundations for cost analysis are discussed and selected aspects of how cost analyses are conducted in practice by EPA are shown. After an introductory Chapter 1, in which highlights and research needs are presented, the report is divided into three major sections. The first section consists of Chapters 2 and 3 and addresses the economic foundations of cost analysis. The second section consists of Chapters 4, 5, and 6 that examine selected aspects of the practice of cost analysis by EPA and, to a lesser extent, other Federal agencies. Finally, the third section contains four case studies of issues arising in cost analyses. Chapters 7, 8, and 9 in this section assess studies of particular regulations, namely: (Chapter 7) deregulation of the herbicide trifluralin, (8) new source performance standard for sulfur dioxide emissions at coal-fired power plants, and (9) standards for volatile organic compounds from the paper coating industry. In Chapter 10, a comparison of EPA cost analysis with the Bureau of the Census (Department of Commerce) pollution control cost estimates is made.

  • Keywords

    3. Cost and Economic Impacts Analysis
    3. Costs and Economic Impact Analysis - General Pollution Control Costs
    3. Costs and Economic Impact Analysis - Surveys and Critiques
    3. Costs and Economic Impact Analysis - Methodology
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    d. Chemicals
    a. Air - Stationary Source
    a. Air - Tropospheric
    d. Chemicals - Pesticides
    Braden, John B.
    Lyon, Randolph M.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Kolb, Jeffrey
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Methodology Development & Evaluation, Methodology Guidelines
    Inventory Record #: EE-0234
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of, Institute for Environmental StudiesAddress:
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    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency,
    Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Economic Analysis Division
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP:
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    Date Linked: 08/25/2017