Rachel's Precaution Reporter #58

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

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The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement & Precaution
  Despite international agreements to protect the Great Lakes from
  industrial contamination, most of the fish in the Great Lakes are
  unfit for human consumption: "If these [hormone-disrupting] health
  endpoints were included in the [risk assessment] calculations, most
  Great Lakes fisheries would likely have to be closed with devastating
  effects on fishing communities." Clearly, more precaution is needed.
Decision Time Is Edging Closer for European Chemicals Law
  As U.S. activists try to decide what kind of comprehensive chemical
  reform they favor, one possible approach would be to copy the European
  proposal called REACH. This article looks back at the history of the
  REACH proposal which had its origins in a meeting of the European
  Council almost ten years ago.
Precaution and CCA-Treated Wood Products
  A prize-winning student thesis considers precaution in relation
  to copper-chromium-arsenic (CCA) treated wood products. The thesis
  argues that precaution needs to be applied not only to future uses of
  toxic chemicals, but to problems remaining from previous uses.


  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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