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Ken Geiser

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012522

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012522.001.0001

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Reassessing Chemical Control Policies

Reassessing Chemical Control Policies

(p.37) 3 Reassessing Chemical Control Policies
Chemicals without Harm

Ken Geiser

The MIT Press

The chemical control approach has proven to be insufficient in the management of chemical risks. While the testing and management of drugs has been largely effective, the federal programs focused on pesticides, industrial chemicals and chemicals in products have been subject to broad criticism and dissatisfaction. The chemical-by-chemical, risk-based approach has not generated the necessary information, failed to adequately control the use of most hazardous chemicals, and done little to promote the development and adoption of safer substitutes.

Keywords:   Chemical registrations, chemical bans, risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, chemical tolerances, “unreasonable risks”, voluntary standards

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