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Environmental Investments: The Cost of a Clean Environment, Report of the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to the Congress of the United States (1990)

Paper Number: EE-0294

Document Date: 12/01/1990

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Subject Area(s):

Economic Analysis, Pollution Abatement Control, Air Pollution Costs, Water Pollution Costs, Waste Management Costs

Keywords:  Economic Analysis, Pollution Abatement Control, Air Pollution Costs, Water Pollution Costs, Waste Management Costs, Private Sector Costs, Public Sector Costs, Capital Costs, Operating Costs, Administrative Costs

Abstract: 

1990 report summarizing the direct costs of public and private pollution control activities in the United States. Presents data on environmental pollution control costs during the period 1972-1987, projects these costs for each subsequent year to the year 2000 under a number of assumptions, and breaks them down in a variety of ways. These ways include differentiating among capital, operating, and annualized costs, as well as the medium where the pollution is controlled, the economic sector (e.g., public, private) from which the control is funded, and whether the costs result from new or existing regulations. Cost estimates for five categories of environmental media (air, land, water, chemical, and multi-media) over the years 1972-2000 for each public sector and the private sector are included.

Report available at EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications.

Information on the summary document for this report is also available here.

This paper is part of the  Environmental Economics Research Inventory.

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