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  • No More Excuses
    Policy Brief

    No More Excuses

    The Economic Case for Coal Ash Regulation

    By J. Scott Holladay
    June 2, 2009

    No More Excuses: The Economic Case for Coal Ash Regulation is a brief but careful analysis which reveals several compelling findings on the regulation of the toxic by-product of coal combustion. In broad strokes, it is clear that the benefits of regulating coal ash storage facilities would far outweigh the costs. The benefits of a regulation requiring coal ash to be stored in dry conditions and in synthetically-lined, covered facilities could save tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars per storage facility.

  • Regulatory Cost-Benefit Analysis and Collective Action
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Regulatory Cost-Benefit Analysis and Collective Action

    By Daniel H. Cole
    June 1, 2009

    In Regulatory Cost-Benefit Analysis and Collective Action, Daniel H. Cole describes the influence of cost-benefit analysis and explains how and why it is a politically useful tools for agencies, even when those agencies are not required by law to prepare regulatory cost-benefit analyses (RCBA). As Cole says in his introduction, “For better or for worse, RCBAs have significantly influenced policies for dealing with, or not dealing with, collective action problems ranging from airport enlargement to global climate change.”

  • Federalism Accountability
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Federalism Accountability

    “Agency Forcing” Measures

    By Catherine M. Sharkey
    June 1, 2009

    In Federalism Accountability: “Agency Forcing” Measures, author Catherine M. Sharkey advocates a variety of “agency-forcing” measures designed to enhance the ability of Congress, the executive, and especially the courts to ensure that agencies abide by executive mandates and other reforms, and to provide a check on overt politicization or inaction on agencies’ part.

  • The Road Ahead
    Report

    The Road Ahead

    EPA’s Options and Obligations for Regulating Greenhouse Gases

    By Inimai M. Chettiar and Jason A Schwartz
    April 27, 2009

    This detailed legal analysis provides an in-depth and thorough discussion of greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act answering the questions: What are EPA’s obligations under the Clean Air Act, and how far can and should the agency go to regulate greenhouse gases?

  • Fixing Regulatory Review
    Report

    Fixing Regulatory Review

    Recommendations for the Next Administration

    By Richard L. Revesz and Michael A. Livermore
    December 18, 2008

    Fixing Regulatory Review: Recommendations for the Next Administration provides a set of recommendations for the Obama Administration to improve the process of regulatory review. It includes ten principles that should inform regulatory review and cost-benefit analysis of regulation, as well as a detailed markup of the Executive Order signed by President William Jefferson Clinton that established the structure of review that is currently in place.