Optimal Use of Smokestack Scrubber By-Product

Posted: 9 Dec 2001

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Diane Hite

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

D. Lynn Forster

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics

Jon Rausch

Ohio State University (OSU) - College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Science

Abstract

Federal legislation mandates substantial reduction of air pollution emissions from electric utilities. Utilities in Appalachia that use locally mined high-sulfur coal must chose among abatement options such as fuel mixing and smokestack scrubbing technologies. Wet scrubbers are the most frequently adopted abatement technology in Ohio.

We investigate beneficial reuses of by-product from wet scrubbers. By-product is most often disposed of in landfills, resulting in large external costs. We combine social cost and benefit transfers with a linear optimization model to investigate potential benefits of by-product recycling. Our findings suggest that significant incentives exist to find beneficial uses for by-product.

Keywords: environmental economics, recycling, externalities

JEL Classification: Q24, R19

Suggested Citation

Hite, Diane and Forster, D. Lynn and Rausch, Jon, Optimal Use of Smokestack Scrubber By-Product. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=290297

Diane Hite (Contact Author)

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology ( email )

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D. Lynn Forster

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics ( email )

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United States

Jon Rausch

Ohio State University (OSU) - College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Science ( email )

1735 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

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