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Decisions to regulate genotoxic substances

Abstract

Decisions to regulate genotoxic substances involve trade-offs between various incomparable factors such as risks to human health and other environmental risks, public perceptions, costs and uncertainties. Two different approaches towards these trade-offs are discussed. In one approach, all relevant factors are defined and trade-offs are considered using a general and very elaborate analysis. Cost-benefit analysis is an exponent of this approach. An illustration is given for the regulation of transboundary releases of radioactive materials. The other approach considers what is politically feasible for the time being and seeks a decision with much room for later corrections. Incrementalism is a philosophy in this vein. It is illustrated by reference to the regulation of transboundary air pollution. Weaknesses and strengths of the two approaches are discussed. (author)
Authors:
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1988
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
INIS-XA-N-358; SSI-Rapport-88-22
Resource Relation:
Conference: Symposium on management of risk from genotoxic substances in the environment, Stockholm (Sweden), 3-5 Oct 1988; Other Information: 21 refs, 3 figs
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; AIR POLLUTION; CONTAMINATION REGULATIONS; COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; HEALTH HAZARDS; PUBLIC HEALTH; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; VEINS
OSTI ID:
20780126
Research Organizations:
Swedish National Institute of Radiation Protection, Stockholm (Sweden)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0282-4434; TRN: XA04N3006084590
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
21 pages
Announcement Date:
Nov 04, 2006

Citation Formats

Bengtsson, G. Decisions to regulate genotoxic substances. IAEA: N. p., 1988. Web.
Bengtsson, G. Decisions to regulate genotoxic substances. IAEA.
Bengtsson, G. 1988. "Decisions to regulate genotoxic substances." IAEA.
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title = {Decisions to regulate genotoxic substances}
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abstractNote = {Decisions to regulate genotoxic substances involve trade-offs between various incomparable factors such as risks to human health and other environmental risks, public perceptions, costs and uncertainties. Two different approaches towards these trade-offs are discussed. In one approach, all relevant factors are defined and trade-offs are considered using a general and very elaborate analysis. Cost-benefit analysis is an exponent of this approach. An illustration is given for the regulation of transboundary releases of radioactive materials. The other approach considers what is politically feasible for the time being and seeks a decision with much room for later corrections. Incrementalism is a philosophy in this vein. It is illustrated by reference to the regulation of transboundary air pollution. Weaknesses and strengths of the two approaches are discussed. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1988}
month = {Jul}
}