Advising, Monitoring, and Evaluating a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Pilot Project for Flexible, Multi-media PermittingEPA Grant Number: R824754
Title: Advising, Monitoring, and Evaluating a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Pilot Project for Flexible, Multi-media Permitting
Investigators: Marcus, Alfred , Geffen, Donald , Sexton, Ken
Institution: University of Minnesota
EPA Project Officer: Shapiro, Paul
Project Period: October 1, 1995 through September 30, 1997
Project Amount: $255,000
RFA: Incentives and Impediments to Pollution Prevention (1995) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Human Health , Sustainability , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development
Description:Specific facilities of three companies from widely different industries will be granted, through negotiations, multi-media permits designed to give plant managers the flexibility to achieve compliance goals in the most productive manner they choose. In addition to enhanced flexibility, this permitting approach promises to reduce transaction costs and diminish administrative burdens in exchange for the participating facilities decreasing their regulated emissions beyond that required for compliance. This alternative approach to environmental regulation promises to provide the benefits of increased environmental protection at lower cost to society, creating a win-win situation for the environment and the economy.
The purpose of the project is to maximize the incentives for pollution prevention in the permits negotiated, to make the pilots as broadly applicable to other industries as possible, to observe how each facility goes about satisfying the requirements of its permit, and to measure the economic and environmental advantages of the new approach.