University of California , San Diego Department of Economics Public Preferences toward Environmental Risks : the Case of Trihalomethanes

@inproceedings{Carson2000UniversityOC,
  title={University of California , San Diego Department of Economics Public Preferences toward Environmental Risks : the Case of Trihalomethanes},
  author={Richard T. Carson and Robert C. Mitchell},
  year={2000}
}
We present the results of an in-depth study in a small Southern Illinois town looking at the public’s preferences with respect to reducing trihalomethanes (THMs) in their public drinking water system. THMs are an interesting environmental risk to study. First they are a low-level risk created as a byproduct (via chlorination) of reducing the much larger risk of bacterial contamination. Second, THMs are a weak carcinogen (with a scientific debate over how weak) with a long latency period. Third… CONTINUE READING