Risks, Costs and Alternatives in EC Environmental Legislation: The Case of ‘REACH’
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.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Professor of Public Law and the Sociology of Law at the University of Bremen
Publication date: 2006-04-01