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# Maximum allowable production levels of pollution for

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Maximum allowable production levels of pollution for industrial concerns are usually determined in legislation that is based in large part on the recommendations of scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency. Industrial concerns must pay a fine that is proportional to the level of pollution that exceeds the limit, and this proportion should be revised every year based on the number of firms that exceeded the limit the year before to maximize the penalties assessed to polluters. However, the revision process usually occurs less frequently than once a year because lobbyists for industrial concerns usually persuade the government to hold off so as to avoid having to pay increased fines for pollution.

If the statements above are true, which of the following describes a situation in which a revision should occur?

(A) A dozen fewer firms were over the limit, but their total pollution over the limit increased over the last year.
(B) Two more firms exceeded the limit than the year before, but the net level of pollution over the limit decreased.
(C) No more firms went over the limit than the year before, but the amount of total pollution over the year before went up.
(D) No firms were over the limit, and total pollution decreased by about forty percent from the year before.
(E) Several fewer firms were over the limit than the year before, and the total pollution over the limit decreased accordingly.

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19 Feb 2009, 10:37
Maximum allowable production levels of pollution for industrial concerns are usually determined in legislation that is based in large part on the recommendations of scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency. Industrial concerns must pay a fine that is proportional to the level of pollution that exceeds the limit, and this proportion should be revised every year based on the number of firms that exceeded the limit the year before to maximize the penalties assessed to polluters. However, the revision process usually occurs less frequently than once a year because lobbyists for industrial concerns usually persuade the government to hold off so as to avoid having to pay increased fines for pollution.

If the statements above are true, which of the following describes a situation in which a revision should occur?

(A) A dozen fewer firms were over the limit, but their total pollution over the limit increased over the last year.
(B) Two more firms exceeded the limit than the year before, but the net level of pollution over the limit decreased.
(C) No more firms went over the limit than the year before, but the amount of total pollution over the year before went up.
(D) No firms were over the limit, and total pollution decreased by about forty percent from the year before.
(E) Several fewer firms were over the limit than the year before, and the total pollution over the limit decreased accordingly.

It is entirely based on the number of firms that exceeded the limit.

Only B shows that the number of firms which went over the limit increased and hence a revision will cause the fine to go up.

Others have no change or have number of firms over the limit going down. So revision will cause fines to come down.
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04 Jun 2009, 12:12
IMO C.

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05 Jun 2009, 02:30
Maximum allowable production levels of pollution for industrial concerns are usually determined in legislation that is based in large part on the recommendations of scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency. Industrial concerns must pay a fine that is proportional to the level of pollution that exceeds the limit, and this proportion should be revised every year based on the number of firms that exceeded the limit the year before to maximize the penalties assessed to polluters. However, the revision process usually occurs less frequently than once a year because lobbyists for industrial concerns usually persuade the government to hold off so as to avoid having to pay increased fines for pollution.

If the statements above are true, which of the following describes a situation in which a revision should occur?

(A) A dozen fewer firms were over the limit, but their total pollution over the limit increased over the last year.
(B) Two more firms exceeded the limit than the year before, but the net level of pollution over the limit decreased.
(C) No more firms went over the limit than the year before, but the amount of total pollution over the year before went up.
(D) No firms were over the limit, and total pollution decreased by about forty percent from the year before.
(E) Several fewer firms were over the limit than the year before, and the total pollution over the limit decreased accordingly.

IMO A is the best choice, no of firms got reduced and still pollution levels went up. In this case definitely revision of policies should happen and these firms should pay more heavy fines. B can't be the answer because argument says the revision is based on the number of firms that exceeded the 'pollution; limit. The argument doesn't suggest that number of firms should increase in order for revision to happen. Moreover, according to B, net pollution level decreased and hence no need for revision.
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05 Jun 2009, 07:48

B) The situation doesn't mention about how many firms and limit decrease
D) also percentage
E) Also too

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