Using Economic Incentives to Regulate Toxic Substances

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Laurence I. Moss
Paul C. Pritchard
Barbara S. Uehling
Macauley Whiting
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Paul R. Portney, Vice President

Edward F. Hand, Secretary-Treasurer

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