E.P.A. Air Pollution Controls: What’s the ROI?

The latest in a series of proposed E.P.A. controls on air pollution, to curb ozone emissions, raises ROI issues. By 2025, when the regulation would be fully in force, the cost to industry could range from $3.9 billion to $15 billion, according to E.P.A. projections. Against this projected expense, the agency estimates that the economic benefits of the rule – in avoided asthma attacks, heart attacks, missed school and work days, and premature deaths – far outweigh the costs. It calculates the benefits in 2025 at $6.4 billion to $38 billion annually. Those figures look like double the estimated expense, and even greater as the cost is amortized and the benefit continues to accrue—a great ROI in any business.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Women in India are the major food producers, with about 78 percent of all economically active women engaged in agricultural activities. Nearly 70 percent of the farming work in India is performed by women. They play a critical role in main crop production, live-stock production, horticulture, forestry, and fishing.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - One in five children faces hunger in America. Or let’s put this another way - one in four people in a soup kitchen line is a child.  The U.S. faces a child hunger problem of massive proportions, where more than one in three households served by food banks include children.

1 day 9 hours ago
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Among the many things to be thankful for this holiday season is the fact that renewable energy finally has a legitimate place at the energy dinner table. No longer the poor cousins, hoping for an invite, wind and solar are on the guest list and they’ve brought a dish to pass.

2 days 14 hours ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - I remember that on my first visit to Switzerland back in the 1990s, I was surprised when my host asked me whether I wanted fizzy or still water from what looked like a standard water dispenser. I was not familiar with fizzy water makers then, they were not common in London,where I lived at the time. “I’ll take fizzy,” I said, which is my choice when I drink water away from home. It's a small treat.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nearly 40 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. is used to generate power, which makes power consumption a key component of the country’s environmental footprint. Most to this power in the U.S. is generated from fossil fuels. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards to recognize leading actions of organizations and individuals that advance the development of green power sources to reduce the environmental footprint.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Where will the scientists of tomorrow come from? Just maybe from the Amgen Foundation, which is expanding its Amgen Scholars Program, with new host institutions in the U.S., Europe and for the first time in Japan.