A Summary Of The Benefit-Cost Analyses Of The Final Effluent Limitation Guidelines For The Organic Chemicals, Plastics, And Synthetic Fibers Industry, Final Report.
The report is divided into the following sections:
- Introduction and overview
- The Kanawha and Houston case studies. Case studies of the Kanawha River and Houston Ship Channel are described. The methodologies and empirical results obtained in these studies are summarized and critiqued.
- The Mississippi feasibility study, and the Delaware River case study. The analytic efforts related to these water quality benefit-cost case studies are described. The analytic work summarized in the section consists of a benefit-cost study of the Delaware River and a feasibility study of the Mississippi River.
- Extrapolating from case studies. This section focuses on the problem of extrapolating from case study results to the benefits and costs for the regulation nationwide. The analytic and policy issues of the "representativeness" of case study areas are discussed, and EPA efforts to gauge representativeness are reviewed.
- The share of aggregate benefits approach. An aggregate shares approach to estimating the water quality-related benefits of the regulation is described. This alternative to the case study method is presented and critiqued.
- Benefits of reduced emissions from wastewater. This section covers the benefits of reduced air emissions from OCPSF-generated waste streams.
- Summary and conclusions.
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