Rachel's Precaution Reporter #14

"Foresight and Precaution, in the News and in the World"

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Table of Contents Edition

U.S. Chemical Industry Resists Pressure to Adopt Green Chemistry
  The U.S. chemical industry is afraid --very afraid --that Europe's 
  embrace of a precautionary chemicals policy (REACH) will create
  enormous pressure to adopt inherently safer "green chemistry" 
  principles and practices.
Will Congress Gut the National Environmental Policy Act?
  While we've all been focused on Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq War, and 
  corporate scandals, "conservatives" in Congress have been preparing 
  to revise the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), with its 
  important precautionary provisions that require alternatives
  assessment of large federal projects.
EU Sets Goal to Clean Marine Environment in 15 Years
  As the European Union is beginning to ask, "How much pollution can we 
  avoid?" the U.S. is continuing to ask, "How much pollution can we get 
  away with?" --an excellent example of a modern precautionary
  approach versus the tired old risk-based approach.
Seattle School Board Adopts Precautionary Pesticide Policy
  The Seattle School Board has adopted a precautionary policy for pest
  management, aiming to minimize exposure of students and staff to 
  toxic chemicals.
Will Precaution Be Used to Justify Killing Elephants?
  In South Africa, the government says the precautionary principle
  requires killing 6000 elephants that are considered harmful to the 
  local environment.  Have all reasonable alternatives been considered?


  Rachel's Precaution Reporter offers news, views and practical
  examples of the Precautionary Principle, or Foresight Principle, in
  action. The Precautionary Principle is a modern way of making
  decisions, to minimize harm. Rachel's Precaution Reporter tries to
  answer such questions as, Why do we need the precautionary
  principle? Who is using precaution? Who is opposing precaution?

  We often include attacks on the precautionary principle because we  
  believe it is essential for advocates of precaution to know what
  their adversaries are saying, just as abolitionists in 1830 needed
  to know the arguments used by slaveholders.

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