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Environmental regulation in the United States has been characterized by short-term decisions with unknown or unanticipated long-term public health
consequences. Some propose to use our inability to predict possible long-term consequences of environmental health regulation as a justification for replacing risk assessment with the “pre-cautionary principle” as the dominant paradigm for making regulatory decisions.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Elliott, E. Donald and Charnley, Gail, "Risk Versus Precaution: Environmental Law and Public Health Protection" (2002). Faculty Scholarship Series. 5113.