The method of controlling pollution through marginal damage taxes is durable, but it is difficult to be optimistic about taxation as a generally accepted approach to environmental control. As part of this research, the authors are estimating optimal particulate and sulfur dioxide emission taxes. But those with decision-making responsibility are not receptive to the taxation approach, because of the income transfers they imply and the complicated compensation schemes that would be required to make them 'wealth neutral.' Another disadvantage is that because of the individualistic nature of pollution damages, the optimal tax per pound of pollutant is different for every emitter. A prediction is that the scope for more nearly optimizing pollution control will increase, though most likely in non-tax forms. Even within the rigid uniform environmental quality standards approach, there are alternative ways of meeting standards. The cost-effectiveness studies of auto emission controls and benefit-cost analyses of stationary source measures for meeting air quality standards carried out in this project have significantly influenced control plans being adopted in Chicago.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 1976 Air Pollution Control Association Meetings in Portland, Oregon 27 Jun-1 Jul 76. Prepared in cooperation with Argonne National Lab., Chicago, Ill. Energy and Environmental Systems. Report on Environmental Pollutants and the Urban Economy.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Chicago

    Center for Urban Studies
    Chicago, IL  United States  60680

    Argonne National Laboratory

    Energy and Environmental Systems Division, 9700 S Cass Avenue
    Argonne, IL  United States  60439

    National Science Foundation

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  • Authors:
    • TOLLEY, G S
    • Graves, P E
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00181803
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NSF/RA-761278
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-AEN75-23633, NSF-AEN72-03388
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1979 12:00AM