Rachel's Precaution Reporter #22

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2006
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A Terrific PowerPoint Slide Show on Precaution Is Available Free
  Now you can explain the precautionary principle to your neighbors
  or your church group, using this simple, clear slide show, which you
  can grab off the web free of charge.
Maine Law on 'Extended Producer Responsibility' Kicks in
  We don't know 100% for sure that discarding old electronic gear
  into the natural environment will harm anything -- but there's a lot
  of evidence that it might. Such a situation calls for precautionary
  action -- specifically, "extended producer responsibility," which
  the state of Maine has adopted.
Canada's Supreme Court Upholds Precautionary Bans on Pesticides
  Several Canadian cities have passed precautionary laws in recent
  years, banning the cosmetic use of pesticides on privately-owned
  lawns. The pesticide industry challenged those new laws in court, but
  the Supreme Court of Canada just upheld the precautionary bans. In
  the U.S., 40 state legislatures have caved in to the pesticide
  industry and made such municipal laws illegal, but that could change.
New Nanotech Law Called for
  In a new report on nanotech, Terry Davies advocates a law that
  places the burden on nanotech manufacturers to show that their
  products are reasonably safe, as opposed to a law like TSCA [Toxic
  Substances Control Act], where the burden of proof lies on the
  government to show that a product is dangerous. Shifting the burden
  of proof in this way is basic to the precautionary principle.
Xerox Adopts a Precautionary Goal: Waste-free Products
  The Xerox corporation has set a new goal: waste-free products from
  waste-free facilities


  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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  provide readers with up-to-date coverage of the subject.

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  principle -- or the need for the precautionary principle -- 
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