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Human Health Risk Assessments for Superfund

dc.contributor.authorViscusi, W. Kip
dc.contributor.authorHamilton, James, 1961-
dc.identifier.citation21 Ecology L.Q. 573 (1994)en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) is scheduled for reauthorization in the spring of 1995, and Congress must decide either to continue the Superfund program in its current form or to modify it in some manner. Congress cannot sensibly decide how to reauthorize CERCLA without understanding the program's progress toward one of its fundamental missions: the reduction of risks to human health and the environment from uncontrolled hazardous waste sites... This article is structured in six sections. Section I provides background on how risk assessment data are used at Superfund sites.Section II details the construction and organization of our data base. Section III reports the results of our analysis regarding the distribution of cancer and noncancer exposure pathways from seventy-eight Superfund sites. Section IV explores the magnitude of the risks associated With different pathways, and section V breaks down the risks attributable to each of the chemicals most commonly found in our site analysis. We conclude with the implications for managing risk that these results provide and how they may contribute to the CERCLA reauthorization process.en_US
dc.format.extent1 document (71 pages)en_US
dc.publisherEcology Law Quarterlyen_US
dc.subject.lcshHazardous waste sitesen_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited States. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980en_US
dc.subject.lcshHealth risk assessmenten_US
dc.titleHuman Health Risk Assessments for Superfunden_US

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