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Handbook on the Benefits, Costs, and Impacts of Land Cleanup and Reuse

Cover of Handbook on the Benefits, Costs, and Impacts of Land Cleanup and Reuse

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.

Handbook on the Benefits, Costs, and Impacts of Land Cleanup and Reuse(126 pp, 2MB, About PDF).

Workshop report

NCEE Working Papers

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)

Find further information on the Handbook.

  • Robin Jenkins (202-566-2292, jenkins.robin@epa.gov)
  • Heather Klemick (202-566-2522, klemick.heather@epa.gov)
  • Al McGartland, NCEE Director (202-566-2244).

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