Will Industry Meet Water-Quality Goals�

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 12, Pg. 68-72

Document Type: Feature article


What impact will the 1972 Water Pollution Control Act Amendments (PL 92-500) have on American industry? Able to cope with 1977 requirement to install best practicable technology (BPT)? And 1983 requirements for best available technology (BAT)? Presented are major preliminary findings of the National Commission on Water Quality. Among them: hardest hit industry, the metal-finishing business, with price increases to meet BPT of up to 75%; mining, paper, chemicals, textiles to have price increases stemming from BPT of 1.5% to 6.3%, with another 6.7% on average needed to meet 1983 BAT. Long-range reductions in output to be small; overall price increases for final products only 3% from now to 1983, thus little impact on international trade. As with 1977 BPT, NCWQ says technology is available to meet 1983 requirements. Meanwhile, an independent check by CIVIL ENGINEERING with several industries shows great reluctance to pursue 1983 requirements, many feeling tremendous costs are not commensurate with benefits.

Subject Headings: Industries | Water quality | Pricing | Water pollution | Fabrics | Chemicals | Benefit cost ratios

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