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Applications of De Minimis

  • Sheldon Meyers
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Risk Analysis book series (CIRA, volume 2)

Abstract

The concepts of a nonthreshold pollutant (such as radiation) and of de minimis are essentially contradictory—the first states that there is no level of exposure that does not produce some harm, the second that there is some defined threshold below which there is no concern. It is the job of the regulatory agencies to see if these concepts can be reconciled and, more important, produce some benefit. As we shall see, this is a process of compromise and not of absolutes.

Keywords

Risk Limit Disposal Method Smoke Detector Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulatory Concern 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheldon Meyers
    • 1
  1. 1.Office of Radiation Programs, Office of Air and RadiationEnvironmental Protection AgencyUSA

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