Title

Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Ionizing Radiation Control

Document Type

Report

Publication Date

1977

Publisher

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Language

en-US

Abstract

Perhaps the most important problems are those for which there are no data--the effect of today's radiation ten generates hence, the probability of a nuclear meltdown, the future buildup of nuclear wastes--but, at best, only guesses which may be off by several orders of magnitude. Here, benefit-cost analysis cannot be done in terms of dollars or other common units, but with a different focus, it can identify issues which must not be recognized if rational decisions are to made. The questions of who pays (rural people, future generations) vs. who benefits (city people, present generation): of maximum and minimum possible harm from a given course of action; of alternative courses of action, can be spelled for.

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