Benefits of EPA Regulation Far Outweigh Costs, University of Maryland Law Professor Tells U.S. Senate Subcommittee

10/20/15

Professor Rena Steinzor Testifies October 21 before U. S. Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight

WHAT: Professor Steinzor argues that despite intense opposition from special interests, policy and economic analyses demonstrate that the public health and economic benefits of regulations promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been consistently and significantly greater than the costs to affected industries. In fact, Steinzor contends, EPA cost-benefit analysis typically understates benefits and overstates costs. Nevertheless, Congress has demanded and come to rely on substantial, if inherently flawed cost-benefit analysis from EPA rather than amend environmental statutes.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WHERE: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building

WHO: Rena Steinzor is a professor of law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and, most recently, the author of Why Not Jail? Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction (Cambridge University Press). A founder and past president of the Center for Progressive Reform, she has served as attorney advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, staff counsel to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, and as a lawyer for municipal governments at Spiegel & McDiarmid in Washington, DC.

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