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Title: Economic analysis of air pollution from coal-fired power plants

The benefits of air-pollution-control techniques on a coal-fired power plant are simulated with a scientifically based environmental model. Air-pollution-abatement techniques are assessed in terms of their resource cost (measured in dollars) and their effectiveness in reducing environmental damage (measured in dollars and healthy days lost). Which air-pollution techniques are most efficient depend upon how much value is placed on a day of health. Other factors of potential interest, such as uncertainty and equity are also simulated through the model. The paper demonstrates that scientific evidence can be organized around economic principles in order to develop more-rational and -effective environmental policies. 2 figures, 4 tables, 24 references.
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: J. Environ. Econ. Manage.; (United States); Journal Volume: 7:1
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Univ. of Washington, Seattle
Country of Publication:
United States
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; 01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; AIR POLLUTION ABATEMENT; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; FOSSIL-FUEL POWER PLANTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; PUBLIC HEALTH; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; VALUES; ECONOMICS; POLLUTION ABATEMENT; POWER PLANTS; THERMAL POWER PLANTS 290300* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety; 200202 -- Fossil-Fueled Power Plants-- Waste Management-- Noxious Gas & Particulate Emissions; 290200 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Economics & Sociology; 296001 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Electric Power Generation-- (-1989); 014000 -- Coal, Lignite, & Peat-- Combustion