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Title: Environmental monitoring strategies : a cost-benefit analysis (Certificate in Management project)
Author: Environment Agency Thames Region
Document Type: Monograph
The purpose of this project is to review the existing environmental sampling and monitoring commitments of the Environment Agency and to compare the relative costs and benefits of outsourcing this work versus the alternative option of conducting the work in-house. It specifically addresses the argument for putting environmental monitoring, which is essentially routine work, out to contract versus the alternative of retaining it in-house. It considers in particular, the arrangements that have been put in place for the waste regulation function in Thames Region. The main findings from the study are that there is a considerable range of environmental monitoring work being undertaken by the various Environment Agency functions. There is a wide range of practices, even within functions, that need to be standardised. There is also overlap between functions which in certain instances results in monitoring objectives being duplicated despite the efforts of senior management to bring about the integration of the waste, water and industry process regulatory teams. There also appears to be no consistent national policy controlling the use of external consultants to undertake sampling and analytical work. The benefits of conducting such work in-house considerably outweigh the disbenefits whilst there are also significant cost savings to be made.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1998
Publication Place: [Reading]
Subject Keywords: Environmental monitoringStrategiesCost benefit analysisEnvironment Agency
Extent: 23; + tables, appendices
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