Risks, Costs and Alternatives in EC Environmental Legislation: The Case of ‘REACH’
Abstract:European Community standards of environmental law are commonly framed in terms of the risks of activities to human health and the environment. Under this cover of uni-dimensional concern, considerations of an activity's benefits, regulatory costs and the availability of alternatives play a crucial role in the regulatory practice. The REACH proposal is a first and ambitious attempt to bring these other dimensions to the fore and give them shape. This article analyses this approach, identifies its merits and flaws, and develops a scheme that makes the complex calculus practicable. It is submitted that the scheme is applicable also in other areas of EC environmental law.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Professor of Public Law and the Sociology of Law at the University of Bremen
Publication date: April 1, 2006