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Cost-Benefit Analysis at the Supreme Court: Cooling Water v. Fish


  • Hewitt, Julie A.


This is the story of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case on the use of cost-benefit analysis at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a regulation issued under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The case is Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper, Inc., et al. The case was not about the quality of the cost-benefit analysis, nor the fact that EPA conducted one, but whether EPA had CWA authority to base regulatory decisions on cost-benefit. I close with thoughts about an alternative Chevron legal test that acknowledges the state of ecosystem valuation.

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  • Hewitt, Julie A., 2009. "Cost-Benefit Analysis at the Supreme Court: Cooling Water v. Fish," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 38(2), October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:55547

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