Part A - Lessons from health hazards
The remaining nine chapters address false negatives — lead in petrol, perchlorethylene contaminated water, Minamata disease, occupational beryllium disease, environmental tobacco smoke, vinyl chloride, dibromochloropropane (DBCP), Bisphenol A and dichlorodiphenyltrichlorethane (DDT) — from which three common themes emerge: there was more than sufficient evidence for much earlier action; slow and sometimes obstructive behaviour by businesses whose products endangered workers, the public and the environment; and the value of independent scientific research and risk assessments.
Part A - Lessons from health hazards contains the following chapters:
- The precautionary principle and false alarms
Steffen Foss Hansen and Joel A. Tickner
- Lead in petrol 'makes the mind give way'
Herbert Needleman and David Gee
- Too much to swallow: PCE contamination of mains water
- Minamata disease: a challenge for democracy and justice
Takashi Yorifuji, Toshihide Tsuda and Masazumi Harada
- Beryllium's 'public relations problem'
David Michaels and Celeste Monforton
- Tobacco industry manipulation of research
Lisa A. Bero
- Vinyl chloride: a saga of secrecy
Morando Soffritti, Jennifer Beth Sass, Barry Castleman and David Gee
- The pesticide DBCP and male infertility
Eula Bingham and Celeste Monforton
- Bisphenol A: contested science, divergent safety evaluations
Andreas Gies and Ana M. Soto
- DDT: fifty years since Silent Spring
Henk Bouwman, Riana Bornman, Henk van den Berg and Henrik Kylin
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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