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The People's Agents and the Battle to Protect the American PublicSpecial Interests, Government, and Threats to Health, Safety, and the Environment$
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Rena Steinzor and Sidney Shapiro

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226772028

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226772042.001.0001

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Cost-Benefit Analysis

Cost-Benefit Analysis

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(p.72) Chapter Four Cost-Benefit Analysis
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The People's Agents and the Battle to Protect the American Public
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226772042.003.0004

This chapter begins by explaining how health and safety statutes intend for agencies to make regulatory decisions. It then discusses how traditional cost-benefit analysis distorts such deliberations. It presents a case study—the Environmental Protection Agency's excessively delayed rulemaking on controlling mercury emissions from power plants—to illustrate the distinctions between the two approaches. It concludes with an evaluation of the prospects for reform.

Keywords:   health, safety, federal agencies, regulation, Environmental Protection Agency, rulemaking, mercury emissions

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