Calculating Risks?: The Spatial and Political Dimensions of Hazardous Waste Policy available in Hardcover
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- MIT Press
By matching agency decision data to detailed census information using geographic information systems (GIS) technology, the authors show that most hazardous waste sites do not pose sufficient risk to merit the most stringent cleanup options. Those sites that do pose considerable risk to exposed populations often receive inadequate attention, because government decisions to target cleanups are based more on political factors than on actual risks. The authors propose policy reforms that could significantly reduce cleanup costs without sacrificing the protection of human health. Beyond its analysis of a particular risk policy, the book serves as a general model for comprehensive risk analysis.
About the Author
W. Kip Viscusi is University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management at Vanderbilt University.