New Report Reviews EPA Cost Estimate for Implementing New Water Quality Standards in Florida


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed in 2009 new numeric criteria for limiting the concentration of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, in Florida waters to comply with the Clean Water Act.  Subsequently, EPA conducted an economic analysis to calculate the potential costs for implementing these new criteria.  Review of the EPA’s Economic Analysis of Final Water Quality Standards for Nutrients for Lakes and Flowing Waters in Florida, a new report by the National Research Council, evaluates the EPA cost estimate and comments on the assumptions and methodologies used in the analysis.


Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST Monday, March 5.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST Tuesday, March 6.  To obtain an embargoed copy, contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail