Risk Assessment, Regulation, and the Limits of Science
My paper deals with two different topics: first, the relation between population heterogeneity and dose-response at low dose; and second, the intrinsic limits to what science can say about dose-response at low dose, and how this affects regulatory policy.
KeywordsFailure Probability Scientific Discourse Nuclear Regulatory Commission Linear Hypothesis Inherent Safety
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