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Nitrates in ground and drinking water: analysis of policies and regulations

Abstract

On the societal level, risks are the result of collective processes of definition. Accepted risks are mainly the output and secondarily the (scientific) input of these processes. As a consequence, in this paper the question of risk management of the nitrate burden to ground and drinking water is analysed within the framework of comparative policy analysis. Various actors pursue their respective interests in different policy arenas within the given rules of the policy game. The impacts of the policy outputs on the policy addressees, namely farmers and water companies, (substantially) determine the level of actual risk. Different national regulatory styles and traditions towards nitrate regulation shape the policy outputs. Consequently, the assumption or normative postulate of a rational (scientific) risk assessment and risk management appears to be utterly heroic and, in the end, misleading.
Authors:
Publication Date:
May 01, 1986
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
EPA-13-000056; EDB-86-186190
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Sci. Total Environ.; (Netherlands)
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; NITRATES; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; WATER POLLUTION ABATEMENT; CONTAMINATION; DRINKING WATER; ECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION; LEGISLATION; REGULATIONS; WATER POLLUTION; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; HYDROGEN COMPOUNDS; NITROGEN COMPOUNDS; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; POLLUTION; POLLUTION ABATEMENT; WATER; 520600* - Environment, Aquatic- Regulations - (-1989); 290300 - Energy Planning & Policy- Environment, Health, & Safety
OSTI ID:
5098341
Research Organizations:
International Institute for Environmental and Society, Berlin, Germany, F.R.
Country of Origin:
Netherlands
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: STEVA
Submitting Site:
NLM
Size:
Pages: 209-225
Announcement Date:
Oct 01, 1986

Citation Formats

Conrad, J. Nitrates in ground and drinking water: analysis of policies and regulations. Netherlands: N. p., 1986. Web. doi:10.1016/0048-9697(86)90300-1.
Conrad, J. Nitrates in ground and drinking water: analysis of policies and regulations. Netherlands. doi:10.1016/0048-9697(86)90300-1.
Conrad, J. 1986. "Nitrates in ground and drinking water: analysis of policies and regulations." Netherlands. doi:10.1016/0048-9697(86)90300-1. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1016/0048-9697(86)90300-1.
@misc{etde_5098341,
title = {Nitrates in ground and drinking water: analysis of policies and regulations}
author = {Conrad, J}
abstractNote = {On the societal level, risks are the result of collective processes of definition. Accepted risks are mainly the output and secondarily the (scientific) input of these processes. As a consequence, in this paper the question of risk management of the nitrate burden to ground and drinking water is analysed within the framework of comparative policy analysis. Various actors pursue their respective interests in different policy arenas within the given rules of the policy game. The impacts of the policy outputs on the policy addressees, namely farmers and water companies, (substantially) determine the level of actual risk. Different national regulatory styles and traditions towards nitrate regulation shape the policy outputs. Consequently, the assumption or normative postulate of a rational (scientific) risk assessment and risk management appears to be utterly heroic and, in the end, misleading.}
doi = {10.1016/0048-9697(86)90300-1}
journal = {Sci. Total Environ.; (Netherlands)}
journal type = {AC}
place = {Netherlands}
year = {1986}
month = {May}
}