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The Benefits And Costs Of Regulatory Reforms For Superfund, W. Kip Viscusi, James T. Hamilton Jan 1997

The Benefits And Costs Of Regulatory Reforms For Superfund, W. Kip Viscusi, James T. Hamilton

Vanderbilt Law School Faculty Publications

The current policy approach used in the Superfund program is a peculiar halfway house. EPA devotes substantial effort to identifying chemicals at a site and ascertaining their potential risks. It also assesses the costs of a range of remedies in considerable detail. However, many key elements are missing in the agency's analyses. There is no explicit consideration of the size of the population at risk. Risks to a single individual have the same weight as risks to a large exposed population. Actual and hypothetical exposures to chemicals receive equal weight so that risks to a person who, in the ...


Superfund And Real Risks, W. Kip Viscusi, James T. Hamilton Jan 1994

Superfund And Real Risks, W. Kip Viscusi, James T. Hamilton

Vanderbilt Law School Faculty Publications

An analysis of the Superfund program represents the first systematic effort to document the character of the risks addressed by this legislation, which will in turn determine the total cleanup cost and the degree to which Superfund addresses environmental risks. This analysis is examined.