THE COST OF CLEAN AIR AND WATER REPORT TO CONGRESS 1984

The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act include provisions which require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to make and report detailed estimates of the costs of carrying out the respective Acts. This report presentes such estimates as two separate reports, one concerned with the control of air pollution, the other with the control of water pollution. This summary provides information on both reports and presents listings of "water costs," "air costs," and "combined costs." This report includes only those costs associated with federal regulatory actions resulting from the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and does not account for costs voluntarily incurred by pollutors, required by State or local governments only, or mandated by other federal laws. It does not include costs incurred prior to the dates of the respective Acts (Air--1970, Water--1972) (nor expenditures which would have taken place if the Acts had not been passed). This document specifically does not represent EPA policy concerning the application of presently available or projected emissions-control technology to any industry or activity. To estimate the cost of complying with EPA regulations to the industries include in the report, it was necessary to make simplifying assumptions. Thus, the control technologies assumed in providing these estimates are not to be regarded as specifically required by law nor by EPA. Moreover, cost estimates included in this study may differ from cost estimates included in other studies because of differences in definition of the industries. The costs reported for the control of air pollution are, for the most part, based on compliance with federally-approved State Implementation Plans, federal New Source Performance Standards, and federal regulations for mobile sources. The costs reported for the control of water pollution are, for the most part, based on compliance with federal Effluent Limitations Guidelines, New Source Performance Standards, and Pretreatment Standards. Regulations for hazardous and toxic pollutants are also included. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Development Planning and Research Associates

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    TCS Management Group, Incorporated

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    Pope-Reid and Associates Incorporated

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    Environmental Protection Agency

    Office of Policy Analysis
    Washington, DC  United States  20460
  • Publication Date: 1984-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389134
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM