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Poisoned for Pennies: The Economics of Toxics and Precaution

Washington, DC: Island Press

Author(s): Ackerman, F.
Year: 2008

Description: A critique of cost-benefit analysis and the dubious conclusions it can produce, with a focus of how it hinders efforts to clean up and protect our environment, especially in the case of toxic chemicals. Ackerman offers an alternative, the precautionary principle, which he notes is being applied in Europe and has been shown to not only work, but produce relatively cheap solutions.
This book is based on research done at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.

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