Regulating Nonnuclear Industrial wastes by Hazard classification

Jonathan F. Bard

DOI: 10.2190/4RLW-PFVK-HAU3-3QLU


With the passage of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act efforts to provide tighter controls on the disposal of nonnuclear industrial wastes have been steadily gaining ground. This paper first discusses the current approach to the regulatory problem and then suggests an integrated strategy based on hazard classification. Traditional methods of risk-benefit analysis are examined but found wanting in their selection criteria. As an alternative a decision model based on cost referents and socioeconomic constraints is offered as a means of comparing different policies. An example is given to illustrate the methodology and computations.

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