Rachel's Precaution Reporter #52

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

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Citizens Want Precaution Inserted into Canada's Water Law
  Citizens' and environmental groups want Canada's proposed water law
  bill strengthened by the addition of the precautionary principle and
  the "meaningful involvement" of indigenous people in decisions.
Milwaukee Citizens Want to Keep Herbicides Out of Local Fish
  "The bottom line is that if you have an opportunity to reduce an
  obvious toxin that people are electively putting all over their yards,
  it would make a significant impact on the health of the environment...
  If there is risk associated with something, why take the chance?"
Maine Is Developing Policy for Safer Chemicals in Consumer Products
  Maine Goveror John Baldacci has appointed a 13-member task force
  that will develop recommendations for a comprehensive chemicals policy
  for Maine. The policy will reportedly require safer substitutes for
  hazardous chemicals found in consumer products and create incentives
  to develop safer alternatives on a state and regional basis.
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  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.

  Rachel's Precaution Reporter is published as often as necessary to
  provide readers with up-to-date coverage of the subject.

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  principle -- or the need for the precautionary principle -- 
  please Email them to us at rpr@rachel.org.

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