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The economic value of clean beaches

It appears difficult for communities to recover the costs of marine debris. Image: REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Timothy Haab

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 Studies by the EPA have calculated that the benefits of avoided deaths and illnesses resulting from the Clean Act far outweigh the costs to society of complying with the law
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Travelers’ willingness to spend time and money visiting remote attractions like Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming help economists estimate how the public values those places Image: NPS/Jacob W. Frank
 Algal toxin warning sign on an empty Maumee Bay State Park public beach on Lake Erie in Oregon, Ohio,
Image: AP Photo/Paul Sancya
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