PREVENTION VERSUS TREATMENT UNDER PRECAUTIONARY REGULATION: A CASE STUDY OF GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION UNDER UNCERTAINTY Report as inadecuate




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Policy discussions of agricultural pollution problems characterize prevention as more cost effective and precautionary than ex post treatment. We derive conditions under which treatment alone is more cost effective in situations involving multiple sources of emissions, multiple sites affected, and a commonly used precautionary approach to uncertainty. We also show that a greater degree of precaution can result in less reliance on prevention. An empirical case study indicates that treatment alone is the most cost effective means of dealing with nitrate in most Maryland community water system wells. The use of leaching prevention measures is restricted to the most intensive poultry producing areas. The incremental cost of precaution is substantial.

Subject(s): Environmental Economics and Policy

Issue Date: 2001

Publication Type: Working or Discussion Paper

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/28584

Total Pages: 38

Series Statement: Working Paper WP 00-12, Revised

Record appears in: University of Maryland > Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics > Working Papers





Author: Lichtenberg, Erik ; Penn, Tony M.

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/28584?ln=en



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