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Significant Risk Is Not the Antonym of De Minimis Risk

  • Daniel ByrdIII
  • Lester Lave
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Risk Analysis book series (CIRA, volume 2)

Abstract

Recent events have led to an increased interest in a “significant risk” policy for the regulation of exposures to toxic chemicals. In 1980 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated a rule in which the standard for any carcinogen was to be lowered to the extent technologically and economically feasible.1 In a 1980 decision, the Supreme Court vacated a rule that established a standard for exposure to benzene, based on a statutory interpretation, although the Court did not overturn OSHA’s entire cancer policy.2 An agency had to make a finding that a risk was significant before it could consider regulating it, and the finding had to be part of the record.

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Environmental Protection Agency Significant Risk Ethylene Oxide Maleic Anhydride Federal Register 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel ByrdIII
    • 1
  • Lester Lave
    • 2
  1. 1.Halogenated Solvents Industry AllianceUSA
  2. 2.Graduate School of Industrial AdministrationCarnegie-Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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