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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures (PACE): 2005 Survey

Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures (PACE): 2005 Survey

The U.S. manufacturing sector spent $5.9 billion dollars on capital expenditures and $20.7 billion dollars on operating costs for pollution prevention and treatment in 2005. These figures represent less than five percent of total new capital expenditures and less than one percent of total revenue for the sector, respectively. The PACE report is the latest in a series conducted since 1973 to assess annual costs for pollution abatement by the manufacturing sector. This is the first year of data since EPA, in consultation with U.S. Census, began a multi-year effort to evaluate the quality of the survey instrument, and the accuracy and reliability of the data collected in the survey responses. As a result, an improved survey was developed by EPA and administered by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2006 to collect the 2005 expenditure data. The report provides additional details on pollution abatement expenditures, categorized by type of pollution media and abatement activity by industry and state. The reported costs include capital and operating costs for treatment/capture, prevention, recycling, and disposal, as well as depreciation of pollution abatement equipment.

This page contains information on the 2005 Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures (PACE) survey, including: information and references on efforts to evalaute and update the survey prior to collection of the 2005 data; uses of the PACE data by the EPA; and data collected in prior surveys conducted in the 1990s. Copies of the PACE Survey report and data are available for download.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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April 2008

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