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[greenyes] OMB Study on Benefits of EPA Air Rules
 NEW YORK TIMES - 9/28/03
Review of Environment Rules Finds Benefits Outweigh Costs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 - The White House office in charge of reviewing federal
regulations has reported that the benefits of some major environmental rules
appear to exceed the costs by several times and that the net benefits may be
even larger than previously acknowledged.
In its annual review of the costs and benefits of regulations, the Office of
Management and Budget examined a sampling of major rules and found that the
total benefits, to the extent they can be measured, were at least triple the

In this report, which was described on Saturday in The Washington Post, the
Environmental Protection Agency was found to have produced significantly
greater net benefits than last year's report acknowledged. But the change
was mainly due to accounting technicalities.
In one change, the budget office expanded its review by looking back 10
years. This meant the latest report included the effects of the successful
efforts of the 1990's to rein in the pollution that causes acid rain.

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