Implications Of EPA Clean Air Act Cost-Benefit Rule: Part 2

By Jonathan Martel, Ethan Shenkman and Graham White (November 17, 2020, 4:45 PM EST) -- Twenty years after the seminal case of Whitman v. American Trucking Assocations Inc.[1] forbade consideration of costs in setting ambient air quality standards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration is poised to adopt a final rule specifying requirements for cost-benefit analysis of all significant regulations under the Clean Air Act.

We reviewed the background and key provisions of the proposed rule in the first part of this two-part article. In this installment, we address the EPA's objectives, and both the policy and legal significance of a final cost-benefit analysis rule.

EPA Objectives and Policy Implications

The EPA broadly describes...

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