De Minimis Risk

De Minimis Risk

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On May 29 and 30, 1985, a workshop was held to explore the legal, ethical, social, scientific, and practical aspects of the use of the de minimis risk concept for health and safety regulation. The workshop was sponsored by the Society for Risk Analysis and its National Capital Area Chapter, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Reg ulatory Commission, and the Electric Power Research Institute. The two-day meeting was held in Washington, D. C. , at the Brookings Institution; however, the Brookings Institution was not a sponsor of the meeting and did not playa role in its program. De minimis risk policy considerations were addressed from a theoretical and phil osophical viewpoint, from a quantitative and methodological basis, and through insights gained with regulatory applications. The distinctions between these three approaches to the subject are not sharp; most papers in these proceedings address aspects of all three topics. The reader familiar with the literature on the use of risk assessment in regulatory policy and decision making will find significant new contributions to the field. One of these is the examination of regulatory actions-in particular actions by the EPA-in response to risks of varying magnitude. Many attempts to seek patterns in regulatory policies have been based on analysis of the implicit economic value in obtaining risk reductions. These analyses have typically found great variability in the marginal cost 1 effectiveness of regulatory actions.... has the authority to exempt from its regulations certain quantities or concentrations, forms, or uses of radioactive material. ... and any other material that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission may designate, but does not include source material. ... codified in the regulation are based primarily on a balancing of benefit and cost, of which risk is an important element. ... into the sanitary sewerage system not more than five Curies per year of tritium and one Curie per year of carbon-14.

Title:De Minimis Risk
Author:Chris Whipple
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06


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