Tax the Integrated Pollution Exposure

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Science  13 Oct 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4057, pp. 182-183
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4057.182


The president has proposed a tax based on the amount of sulfur dioxide emitted from smokestacks and power stations. An alternative method of taxation is suggested which would spread the tax burden among polluters in proportion to their impact on public health. This would be based on the product of the concentration of the pollutant and the population at risk.