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A general view of toxic chemicals and similar risks

Page, Talbot (1978) A general view of toxic chemicals and similar risks. Ecology Law Quarterly, 7 (2). pp. 207-244. ISSN 0046-1121. doi:10.15779/Z381C0J.

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The purposes of this Article are: (1) to define the characteristics common to environmental risk problems; (2) to distinguish environmental risk from classical pollution problems of water and air pollution; (3) to highlight factors which make environmental risk problems particularly difficult to manage; and (4) to suggest a direction in management more suited to the characteristics of environmental risk and hence more likely to be effective than the current approach.

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Additional Information:© 1978 by Ecology Law Quarterly. The author wishes to thank Paul Portney of RFF and the editors of the Ecology Law Quarterly for their generous contributions in revising and editing. He also benefited from many helpful comments from Walter Spofford, Cliff Russell, and especially Robert Harris. He respectfully acknowledges support from the Rockefeller Foundation and from Resources for the Future. Formerly SSWP 198.
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Subject Keywords:Environmental risk, False positive errors, Chemical hazards, False negative errors, Water pollution, Environmental regulation, Expected values, Financial risk, Air pollutants, Environmental management
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Official Citation:Talbot Page, A Generic View of Toxic Chemicals and Similar Risks, 7 Ecology L. Q. 207 (1978). Available at:
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Deposited On:03 Jan 2018 00:46
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