Handbook on the Benefits, Costs, and Impacts of Land Cleanup and Reuse
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What is the Handbook?
EPA’s Handbook on the Benefits, Costs, and Impacts of Land Cleanup and Reuse summarizes the theoretical and empirical literature addressing benefit-cost and impact assessment of the cleanup and reuse scenario. When possible, recommendations are provided for conducting economic analysis of land cleanup and reuse sites and programs. The knowledge base for estimating the benefits, costs and impacts of land cleanup and reuse is still in its formative stages. Thus, another purpose of the Handbook is to provide a window into recent research and raise and clarify important questions that remain in the literature. The information provided in the Handbook, when used in conjunction with the EPA’s Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analysis, should allow analysts to more fully characterize the net benefits and impacts of EPA policies and programs targeting land cleanup and reuse.
Who is the Handbook for?
The main audiences for the Handbook are those performing economic analysis of land cleanup and reuse sites and programs, including policy makers, the Agency’s Program and Regional Offices, and contractors providing economic reports to the EPA. The Handbook should be useful to analysts at the state, regional, and local levels as well.
Download a copy of the Handbook.
Find related materials.
- Economics of Land Cleanup and Waste Management (2020)
- Smith, V.K. 2011. “Peer Review Report for the Draft EPA Handbook on the Benefits, Costs, and Impacts of Land Cleanup and Reuse (PDF)” (99 pp, 3MB, About PDF)
- Smith, V.K. 2007. Methods for Estimating the Social Benefits of EPA Land Cleanup and Reuse Programs: Summary Report of Workshop 9/28-9/29, 2006. (PDF). (38 pp, 200K, About PDF)
NCEE Working Papers
- 2004-06: Overview of Existing Studies on Community Impacts of Land Reuse
- 2006-03: Measuring the Social Benefits of EPA Land Cleanup and Reuse Programs
(Robin R. Jenkins, Elizabeth Kopits, and David Simpson)
- 2007-01: Employment Effects of Brownfield Redevelopment: What Do We Know from the Literature?
- 2007-02: Moving Beyond Cleanup: Identifying the Crucibles of Environmental Gentrification
(Spencer Banzhaf and Eleanor McCormick)
- 2007-03: The Impact of Imperfect Information on the Transactions of Contaminated Properties
- 2010-01: A Hedonic Analysis of the Impact of LUST Sites on House Prices in Frederick, Baltimore, and Baltimore City Counties
(Jeffrey Zabel and Dennis Guignet)
- 2010-09: Preliminary Stated-Preference Research on the Impact of LUST Sites on Property Values: Focus Group Results
(Anna Alberini and Dennis Guignet)
- 2011-04: CERCLA's Overlooked Cleanup Program: Emergency Response and Removal
(Robin R. Jenkins, Heather Klemick, Elizabeth Kopits, and Alex L. Marten)
EPA and Science Advisory Board Reports
- U.S. EPA. 2002. “Underground Storage Tanks (UST) Cleanup and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C Program Benefits, Costs and impacts (BCI) Assessment: An SAB Advisory.” EPA-SABEC-ADV-03-001 (PDF). (50 pp, 280K, About PDF) Dec. 2002.
- U.S. EPA. 2006. “SAB Advisory on EPA’s Superfund Benefits Analysis.” January 9, 2006. EPA-SAB-ADV-06-002 (PDF). (46 pp, 210K, About PDF)