Applications of De Minimis
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.
KeywordsRisk Limit Disposal Method Smoke Detector Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulatory Concern
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