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Related Subtopics: Clean Water Act, Clean Water

Coming Clean: An Economic Perspective on Water Quality Policy 
RFF First Wednesday Seminar
June 2, 2010 

Coming Clean: An Economic Perspective on Water Quality Policy

U.S. water quality regulation has been in the news lately, from the New York Times' "Toxic Waters" articles last fall and winter to recent coverage of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  It has been 38 years since the passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and 33 years since the creation of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).  Have these two keystones of U.S. water quality regulation lived up to their promise of reducing our exposure to dangerous water contaminants?  Do the benefits of environmental regulations under the CWA and SDWA exceed their costs?  How should economists and policymakers think about the risks from emerging contaminants, nonpoint source pollution, water infrastructure deterioration, and other current issues in water quality?  Do the CWA and SDWA give regulators the tools and policy instruments they need to accomplish the statutes' goals?

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Agenda and Bios
 
Introduction
Phil Sharp, President, Resources For the Future
Speakers
Roberton Williams, III, Associate Professor, University of Maryland-College Park, and Senior Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs, Resources For the Future  
Scott Farrow, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Roger Cooke

Sheila Olmstead, Associate Professor, Yale University, and Visiting Scholar, Resources For the Future

Roger Cooke

Julie Hewitt, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Roger Cooke

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