Rachel's Precaution Reporter #47

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2006.............Printer-friendly version
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N.Y. Requires Green Cleaning Products in All Schools
  In early 2005, New York Governor George Pataki signed Executive
  Order #134 requiring state agencies to use "green" cleaning
  products. In August 2005 this was extended by legislation to include
  all schools in New York, public and private.
Precaution Training Set for Minneapolis Sept. 8-10
  A precautionary principle training has been scheduled for the
  Minneapolis area September 8-10, 2006. A few scholarchips may still
  available. Total enrollment is limited to 15. First come, first
REACH Proposal Adds Pressure for Adoption of Safer Alternatives
  The European Union's REACH proposal is increasing the pressure on
  corporations to evaluate alternatives to toxic chemicals. Two new
  reports, from Clean Production Action and from the Toxics Use
  Reduction Institute (TURI at U. Mass, Lowell) demonstrate that
  alternatives assessment of toxicants is feasible and is already being
  used by some corporations today.
Australian Developers Chafe at Precaution for Endangered Species
  In Australia, the precautionary principle is being used to protect
  endangered species, but land developers complain bitterly that they
  are being inconvenienced.
Archaeogical Society of Malta Urges Precautionary Policy
  "The precautionary principle should be followed at all times to
  safeguard the unknown part of Malta's cultural heritage resources as
  required by the Cultural Heritage Act," the society said.
Some Dry Cleaners Told to Phase Out Toxic Solvent
  U.S. EPA has taken a bold step to prevent residential exposures to
  the hazardous dry cleaning fluid, perc. People living in a building
  that also contains a dry cleaning shop will only have to inhale perc
  for 14 more years, assuming the dry cleaning industry allows EPA to
  adopt and enforce its new regulation.
Health Forum: Organic Lawns Decrease Risk of Breast Cancer
  "The whole idea is the precautionary principle," says Ms. Fiteni.
  "If you don't need to use these pesticides, why are we doing so when
  there are these more natural alternatives that you can use?"


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  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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