RISK: Health, Safety & Environment


[Excerpt] "The frequency and magnitude of risks and benefits are facts. The acceptability of risks associated with particular benefits is not. In the best of all worlds, normative choices based on facts would be made directly by persons at risk. We do not have the best of all worlds. As we move from consumer to occupational and environmental risks, political transparency increasingly must substitute for individual autonomy. When we cannot each have our way, we should be able to decide which facts are important, to have access to such facts and to be able to influence decisions based on them."

Repository Citation

Thomas G. Field, Jr., Pursuing Transparency through Science Courts, 11 RISK 209 (2000).