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A Costly Benefit: Economic Analysis Does Not Support EPA's New Arsenic Rule


Robert W. Hahn


University of Oxford, Smith School; Georgetown University

Jason K. Burnett


AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies


Regulation, Vol. 24, No. 3, Fall 2001

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized a rule that would reduce the maximum allowable level of arsenic in drinking water by 80 percent, from 50 micrograms per liter to 10 micrograms, by 2006. As soon as the rule was announced during the waning hours of the Clinton presidency, it became the topic of considerable debate as some experts argued that it is appropriate and necessary while others charged that its costs would far outweigh its benefits. The authors side with the latter group and argue that the costs may exceed the benefits by as much as $100 million annually.

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Date posted: December 31, 2001  

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Hahn, Robert W. and Burnett, Jason K., A Costly Benefit: Economic Analysis Does Not Support EPA's New Arsenic Rule. Regulation, Vol. 24, No. 3, Fall 2001. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=291806 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.291806

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Robert W. Hahn (Contact Author)
University of Oxford, Smith School ( email )
Oxford
United Kingdom
Georgetown University
Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
Washington, DC 20057
United States
Jason K. Burnett
AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies ( email )
1150 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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