Accounting for public heath gains from pollution control | August 7, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 32 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 32 | p. 14 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 7, 2017

Accounting for public heath gains from pollution control

All health benefits from regulation need to be in cost-benefit analyses, researchers say
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: regulation, EPA, public health

Despite scientific uncertainties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to estimate the value of all significant public health benefits when it considers regulating pollutants, a new report says (Science 2017, DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8204).

As it decides whether and how much to control pollution, EPA estimates costs to industry and others as well as benefits from improved public health. But when the agency calculates the dollar value of these . . .

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