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Peer Review Report for the Draft "EPA Handbook on the Benefits, Costs and Impacts of Land Cleanup and Reuse" (2011)

Paper Number: EE-0569-01

Document Date: 03/23/2011

Author(s):  V. Kerry Smith

Subject Area(s):

Land Cleanup, Land Reuse, Economic Analysis, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Economic Impact Analysis

Keywords:  Land Cleanup, Land Reuse, Economic Analysis, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Economic Impact Analysis

Abstract: 

This report summarizes six peer reviewers’ comments on the EPA Draft Handbook on the Benefits, Costs and Impacts of Land Cleanup and Reuse. The Draft Handbook was completed in September 2010 with the collaboration of EPA’s professional staff from the National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE) in the Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation and the Center for Program Analysis in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

This external review has several objectives including to assess whether the literature summarized is comprehensive and accurate as of 2010, and whether the Handbook’s original portions are sound and useful. It should also give feedback on the recommendations made and whether they seem reasonable and informative. Finally, the review should gauge whether the Handbook provides sufficient detail when describing the studies that have assessed benefits, costs, or impacts. Part of this latter task is to ensure that the document identifies key data sources for use in future policy analyses.

This paper is part of the  Environmental Economics Research Inventory.

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