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03-24-2003

Expert On The Economics Of Environmental Regulations To Speak At Clarkson University

Economist and environmental regulations expert Dallas Burtraw will speak at Clarkson University on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in room 213 of Bertrand H. Snell Hall on the Clarkson campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

His lecture, “Integrated Assessment of Science and Economics for Designing Air Pollution Policies,” will look at new pollution control challenges facing the electric power industry.

Major federal and state regulatory initiatives to reduce mercury, particulates, and greenhouse gas emissions from the electric power sector are currently underway. At the same time, the industry is in the midst of a major restructuring that could have substantial implications for the effectiveness of both existing and new environmental regulations. Burtraw will review the current situation and discuss the implications of new approaches to economic regulation and environmental regulation for the environmental performance of the electric power sector.

Burtraw is a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Resources for the Future, a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank that conducts independent research on the economics of environmental and natural resource issues. His research focuses on the costs and benefits of restructuring of the electric utilities market; the social costs of environmental pollution; and the benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness analysis of environmental regulation. 

Clarkson University’s Center for the Environment and St. Lawrence University’s Department of Economics and Department of Environmental Studies are sponsors of the event.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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