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Handbook for Environmental Risk Decision Making


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Introduction: Values and Value Judgments in Ecological Health Assessments. Strange Chemistry: Environmental Risk Conflicts in a World of Science, Values, and Blind Spots.
Issues in Environmental Risk Decision Making: An Overview of Environmental Risk Decision Making: Values, Perceptions, and Ethics. Introduction to Issues in Environmental Risk Decision Making. Industry's Use of Risk, Values, Perceptions, and Ethics in Decision Making. Regulating and Managing Risk: Impact of Subjectivity on Objectivity. Back to the Future: Rediscovering the Role of Public Health in Environmental Decision Making. Telling the Public the Facts-or the Probable Facts-About Risks. The Urgent Need to Integrate Ethical Considerations into Risk Assessment Procedures. The Problem of Intergenerational Equity: Balancing Risks, Costs, and Benefits Fairly Across Generations.
Values and Value Judgments: Introduction to Quantitative Issues. Ecological Risk Assessment: Toward a Broader Analytic Framework. Environmental Ethics and Human Values. Moral Values in Risk Decisions. Values and Comparative Risk Assessment. Risk and Rationality in Decision Making: Exposing the Underlying Values Used When Confronted by Analytical Uncertainties. Comparing Apples and Oranges: Combining Data on Value Judgments. The Ethical Basis of Environmental Risk Analysis. Ethical Theory and the Demands of Sustainability. The Cardinal Virtues of Risk Analysis: Science at the Intersection of Ethics, Rationality, and Culture. Value Judgments Involved In Verification and Validation of Risk Assessment Models. The Stewardship Ethic-Resolving the Environmental Dilemma.
Commentary: Introduction to the Commentary Section. Awakenings to Risk in the Federal Research and Development Establishments. The Citizenship Responsibilities of Chemists. Global Bioethics: Origin and Development. Ethics and Values in Environmental Risk Assessment-A Synthesis.
The Contributors. Index.

About the Author

C. Richard Cothern, Ph.D., is presently with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Center for Environmental Statistics Development Staff. He has served as the Executive Secretary of the Science Advisory Board at the U.S. EPA and as their National Expert on Radioactivity and Risk Assessment in the Office of Drinking Water. In addition, he is a Professor of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland's University College and an Associate Professorial Lecturer in the Chemistry Department of the George Washington University. Dr. Cothem has authored over 80 scientific articles including many related to public health, the environment, and risk assessment. He has written and edited 14 books, including such diverse topics as science and society, energy and the environment, trace substances in environmental health, lead bioavailability, environmental arsenic, environmental statistics and forecasting, risk assessment, and radon and radionuclides in drinking water. He received his B.A. from Miami University (Ohio), his M.S. from Yale University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba.

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