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Working Paper: The Pace of PACE at the Environmental Protection Agency

Paper Number: 2003-07

Document Date: 08/2003

Author(s): Rich Iovanna, Kelly Maguire, and Al McGartland

Subject Area(s): Costs of Pollution Control; Cross Media Pollution

Keywords: pollution abatement; pollution costs; manufacturing survey

Abstract: The Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures (PACE) Survey provides the only comprehensive source of data on polluation costs by manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Collected historically by the Bureau of Census until 1994, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Center for Environmental Economics initiated an agreement with the Bureau of Census to reinstitute the survey with the collection of 1999 data. This paper provides a brief history of the survey, including uses of the data by the EPA. We then discuss the issues we encountered with regard to scope and measurement concerns when redesigning the 1999 survey. The paper concludes with thoughts regarding the future direction of the PACE survey at the EPA.

This paper is part of the Environmental Economics Working Paper Series.

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