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Greening of Industry: A Risk Management Approach

by John D Graham and Jennifer K Hartwell Harvard School of Public Health
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Environmentalists often perceive the risk management approach to environmental and public health policy as a tool to block regulation of industrial pollution. In contrast, this book presents six case studies which provide examples of how federal risk-based regulation has encouraged industry's investment in pollution control. The authors trace the impact of risk management on the regulation of lead in gasoline, ozone-depleting chemicals, and emissions from the drycleaning, pulp and paper, coke, and municipal waste combustor industries.
The importance of this book is that it gives empirical evidence for the view that risk assessment improves the environment. This is important because some environmentalists see risk assessment and related disciplines as threats to the environment...These are fascinating essays, elegantly composed. David Pearce Times Higher Education Supplement The Greening of Industry argues in favor of basing environmental regulations on cost-benefit and risk assessment. Graham and Hartwell specifically address environmentalists, who are generally opposed to such a 'risk management' framework, and argue that further environmental regulation will need to be more firmly justified by 'good science,' because the public will not accept additional expenditure on pollution control if it is not convinced by formal analysis that such expenditure addresses a serious problem and offers a return higher than alternative, competing investments...The Greening of Industry offer interesting insights into the mechanisms of toxic-substance regulation and introduce important issues currently debated in this area. Grounded in well-researched case studies, the policy perspectives developed in provide a valuable starting point for the development of specific industrial ecology policy proposals and could help industrial ecology to move beyond the discussion of general ideas and technical issues to implementation. Edgar Hertwich Journal of Industrial Ecology
John Graham is Professor of Policy and Decision Sciences and Director, Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard School of Public Health. Jennifer Kassalow Hartwell, a doctoral candidate at Boston College, managed the Green Industry Project at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis in 1994 and 1995.