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Since 1981 all proposed environmental regulations which are likely to have a significant economic effect

(generally more than $100 million dollars per year) must have a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) or Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) conducted. The goal is to measure the costs and benefits of the regulation. In this homework you will study the RIA/EIA conducted on an EPA regulation of your choosing. The EPA web site contains many RIA's that vary enormously in their complexity. Your task is to find one that interests you and write a brief summary of the regulation and the estimated costs and benefits.

  1. Finding a Regulatory Impact Assessment.

  2. The Environmental Protection Agency Web site (www.epa.gov (Links to an external site.)
  3. ) is an enormous source of information on pollution. The website (Links to an external site.)
  4.  contains a collection of RIA/EIA's for a number of regulations. Use the "Quick Links" box in the upper right corner and select "title (downloadable)" This will lead you to a number of studies that are on-line. You will find that the EPA web site contains many broken links. If you come upon one, look elsewhere. It will be easiest if you choose a narrowly-defined regulation. For example, here is the EIA for the recent regulation of arsenic in drinking water

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