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Handbook for Environmental Risk Decision Making

Values, Perceptions, and Ethics, 1st Edition

Edited by C. Richard Cothern

CRC Press

432 pages

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This handbook describes the broad aspects of risk management involving scientific policy judgment, uncertainty analysis, perception considerations, statistical insights, and strategic thinking. This book presents all the important concepts to enable the reader to "see the big picture." This ability is extremely important - it allows the decision maker or strategic environmental planner to understand and cope with a wide variety of complex and interlinked pieces of information and data.

The text presents environmental problems and, whenever applicable, the methodology required to reach a successful solution. Decisions and policies are examined. The book covers numerous objective and subjective components of environmental risk decision making. It details quantitative and comparative risk, and investigates the cost and feasibility of different decisions. Social pressures, safety, and political, religious, ethical, and psychological issues are addressed. How to evaluate the potential impact on the quality of life also is discussed.

Any company doing risk assessment, risk management, or risk communication, as well as those doing environmental decision making will find this reference to be invaluable. It is also suitable as a text for courses in environmental management, environmental science, and risk assessment in the areas of risk management and strategic environmental planning.

Table of Contents


Values and Value Judgments in Ecological Health Assessments, W. Cooper

Strange Chemistry: Environmental Risk Conflicts in a World of Science, Values, and Blind Spots, W.R. Freudenburg

Issues in Environmental Risk Decision Making

An Overview of Environmental Risk Decision Making: Values, Perceptions, and Ethics, C.R. Cothern

Introduction to Issues in Environmental Risk Decision Making, S.R. Baker

Industry's Use of Risk, Values, Perceptions, and Ethics in Decision Making, P.J. Hakkinen and C.J. Jeep

Regulating and Managing Risk: Impact of Subjectivity on Objectivity, S.R. Baker

Back to the Future: Rediscovering the Role of Public Health in Environmental Decision Making, T.A. Burke

Telling the Public the Facts-or the Probable Facts-About Risks, V. Cohn

The Urgent Need to Integrate Ethical Considerations into Risk Assessment Procedures, D.A. Brown

The Problem of Intergenerational Equity: Balancing Risks, Costs, and Benefits Fairly Across Generations, B.L. Catron, L.G. Boyer, J. Grund, and J. Hartung

Values and Value Judgments

Introduction to Quantitative Issues, D.W. Schnare

Ecological Risk Assessment: Toward a Broader Analytic Framework, B.G. Norton

Environmental Ethics and Human Values, D. MacLean

Moral Values in Risk Decisions, J.A. Nash

Values and Comparative Risk Assessment, C.J. Paterson and R.N.L. Andrews

Risk and Rationality in Decision Making: Exposing the Underlying Values Used When Confronted by Analytical Uncertainties, D.W. Schnare

Comparing Apples and Oranges: Combining Data on Value Judgments, R.M. Putzrath

The Ethical Basis of Environmental Risk Analysis, D.J. Crawford-Brown

Ethical Theory and the Demands of Sustainability, V.A. Sharpe

The Cardinal Virtues of Risk Analysis: Science at the Intersection of Ethics, Rationality, and Culture, D.J. Crawford-Brown and J. Arnold

Value Judgments Involved In Verification and Validation of Risk Assessment Models, K. Shrader-Frechette

The Stewardship Ethic-Resolving the Environmental Dilemma, D.W. Schnare


Introduction to the Commentary Section, C.R. Cothern

Awakenings to Risk in the Federal Research and Development Establishments, R.D. Hollander

The Citizenship Responsibilities of Chemists, M. McCormack

Global Bioethics: Origin and Development, V.R. Potter

Ethics and Values in Environmental Risk Assessment-A Synthesis, B.L. Catron

The Contributors


About the Authors/Editor

C. Richard Cothern, Ph.D., is presently with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Environmental Statistics Development Staff. He has served as the Executive Secretary of the Science Advisory Board at the U.S. EPA and as their National Expert on Radioactivity and Risk Assessment in the Office of Drinking Water. In addition, he is a Professor of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland’s University College and an Associate Professorial Lecturer in the Chemistry Department of the George Washington University. Dr. Cothem has authored over 80 scientific articles including many related to public health, the environment, and risk assessment. He has written and edited 14 books, including such diverse topics as science and society, energy and the environment, trace substances in environmental health, lead bioavailability, environmental arsenic, environmental statistics and forecasting, risk assessment, and radon and radionuclides in drinking water. He received his B.A. from Miami University (Ohio), his M.S. from Yale University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General