Environmental Economics

Comparisons of Estimated and Actual Pollution Control Capital Expenditures for Selected Industries

Federal environmental regulations have experienced significant growth in the 1970’s. The costs of these regulations are an issue of intense interest and controversy to both industry and the government. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has routinely developed estimates of pollution control costs and their economic impact for every major regulation. It often has been suggested that EPA compare its cost forecasts with actual expenditure data . The purpose of this report is to compare estimates of pollution abatement costs prepared by EPA, by EPA contractors, by industry, and by independent groups with reported expenditures . Pollution abatement capital cost estimates for specific regulations are compared with reported capital expenditures for the following six industries: Steam Electric Utilities -- Water Pollution Control, Electric Utility Flue Gas Desulfurization Systems -- Scrubbers; Pulp and Paper -- Water Pollution Control; Petroleum Refining -- Water Pollution Control; Iron and Steel -- Water Pollution Control; and Automobiles -- Light Duty Vehicle Air Pollution Controls.

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    3. Cost and Economic Impacts Analysis
    6. Pollution Control Industry Surveys and Assessments
    3. Costs and Economic Impact Analysis - Specific Sectors and Pollutants
    3. Costs and Economic Impact Analysis - Surveys and Critiques
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    b. Water
    a. Air - Mobile Source
    a. Air - Stationary Source
    a. Air - Tropospheric
    b. Water - Surface
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    Empirical Application, Data Development
    Inventory Record #: EE-0135
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    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Planning and EvaluationAddress:
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    Date Linked: 05/28/2009