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02-26-2004

Environmental Policy And Its Relationship To Scientific Study Is Subject Of Upcoming Lecture At Clarkson By Epa Economist

Environmental policy and its relationship to scientific study will be among the topics discussed in an upcoming lecture at Clarkson University.

Bryan Hubbell, an environmental economist with the Office of Air and Radiation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will speak on Monday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. in the Bertrand H. Snell Hall Petersen Boardroom (on the Clarkson hill campus). The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hubbell will present the lecture “Science and Environmental Policy Analysis in an Uncertain World,” which addresses policy analysis, specifically cost-benefit analysis, and its importance in the EPA’s decision-making process.

The lecture will look at how recent EPA-proposed air quality regulations have included detailed cost-benefit analyses that rely on complex models for data on emissions inventories, air quality health impacts, and economic valuation.

These models are based on multidisciplinary scientific research in the areas of engineering, atmospheric chemistry, toxicology, epidemiology, statistics and economics. 

Hubbell will explore why interactions between the science community and the policy analysis community will need to be strengthened to ensure that relevant science is conducted in a timely fashion and that science is correctly interpreted and applied in policy analyses that affect regulations.

Bryan Hubbell has written and lectured extensively on the benefits and costs of air quality regulation, serving as the principal benefits analyst for many of the EPA’s recent analyses. His research interests include the development of the environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program; reduced form air quality modeling using response surface techniques; selection of optimal controls to maximize net benefits of air quality regulations; the incorporation of economic behavior into epidemiological models; and improvements for the valuation of health changes.

Hubbell’s appearance at Clarkson is co-sponsored by the Clarkson Center for the Environment, the Environmental Science and Policy interdisciplinary program, the School of Business, the Division of Liberal Arts, and the Office of Co-curricular Programs.

[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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