Dr. Anne E. Smith Wins Award from The Society for Risk Analysis

15 December 2016

Dr. Anne E. Smith, Co-Chair of NERA’s Environmental Economics Practice and Managing Director, was awarded the “Best Paper of 2016” by the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) for her report, Inconsistencies in Risk Analysis for Ambient Air Pollutant Regulations. Dr. Smith received her award at SRA’s annual meeting in San Diego on 13 December 2016.

In her paper, Inconsistencies in Risk Analysis for Ambient Air Pollutant Regulations, Dr. Smith identifies inconsistencies between the assumptions that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses to estimate an air pollutant’s health risks when the agency decides how stringent that pollutant’s National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) should be and the assumptions it uses to estimate that same regulation’s benefits in EPA’s accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA). As a result, as Dr. Smith’s analysis demonstrates, very large fractions of the regulatory benefits that EPA attributes to a tightening of a NAAQS are projected to be occurring in areas of the country with air quality that the same rulemaking is simultaneously deeming clean enough to be protective of the public health with a margin of safety.

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