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Element of risk : the politics of radon

by Cole, Leonard A., 1933-

Format: Print Book 1993
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction Q181 .A1 A68 no. 93- 05H
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  Q181 .A1 A68 no. 93- 05H
Cole (science, technology, and society, Rutgers U.) challenges the US Environmental Protection Agency's risk-cost assessment of radon in private houses, and the policy of extensive testing and remediation based on it. He claims that neither the epidemiological nor other scientific findings warrant the alarm, and wonders who is benefiting. For the general reader. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This calm, thoughtful book deserves a wide audience. Since the 1980s, when elevated concentrations of radon were found in certain U.S. homes, the gas has been the focus of an ``imbalanced'' debate among scientists and policymakers, writes political scientist Cole ( Clouds of Secrecy ) . The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), citing radon-induced lung-cancer deaths, has urged voluntary testing of homes; skeptical scientists claim that the gas poses virtually no health risk. Drawing on some 200 interviews, Cole documents the one-sidedness of public discussion, as evinced by a Congress unwilling to listen to dissenters, an EPA that exaggerates dangers and a press that echoes establishment views. The author deplores the lack of open debate in formulating radon policies, and he reveals the politics behind the issue, which first surfaced in the Reagan era. ``Radon seemed an ideal issue for a conservative administration in need of a better environmental image,'' according to Cole. ``The radioactive gas was business friendly insofar as it is a natural phenomenon and not usually related to industrial activities.'' (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series AAAS publication ; 93-05H.
Subjects Radon -- Environmental aspects.
Radon -- Government policy -- United States.
Publisher [Washington, D.C.] :AAAS Press,1993
Language English
Description ix, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0871685132
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