Federal Risk Management Policy: Where Are the Problems?

by Anthony J. Thompson, Environmental Law Group, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Risk-Based Decision Making in Water Resources VI


Federal risk management policy involves both risk assessment and risk management elements. Risk assessment consists of hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk characterization. Risk management, on the other hand, involves making policy decisions based on risk assessment results and social, economic, and political factors. These remarks summarize the role of risk assessment and risk management in the regulatory, judicial, and legislative arenas. They then focus on the new direction for risk assessment policy as the government and industry grapple with risk management issues.

Subject Headings: Risk management | Federal government | Public health and safety | Social factors | Economic factors | Public policy | Political factors | Legislation

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