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Legally Poisoned : How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants / Carl F. Cranor.

Author/Creator:
Cranor, Carl F. author.
Publication:
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, [2011]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Subjects:
Environmental Exposure -- adverse effects.
Environmental Exposure -- legislation and jurisprudence.
Environmental health -- Government policy -- United States.
Environmental toxicology.
Pollutants -- adverse effects.
Pollution -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Pollution -- legislation and jurisprudence.
Public health -- legislation and jurisprudence.
Local subjects:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy. (search)
SCIENCE / General. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
text file PDF
Summary:
Take a random walk through your life and you'll find it is awash in industrial, often toxic, chemicals. Sip water from a plastic bottle and ingest bisphenol A. Prepare dinner in a non-stick frying pan or wear a layer of Gore-Tex only to be exposed to perfluorinated compounds. Hang curtains, clip your baby into a car seat, watch television-all are manufactured with brominated flame-retardants. Cosmetic ingredients, industrial chemicals, pesticides, and other compounds enter our bodies and remain briefly or permanently. Far too many suspected toxic hazards are unleashed every day that affect the development and function of our brain, immune system, reproductive organs, or hormones. But no public health law requires product testing of most chemical compounds before they enter the market. If products are deemed dangerous, toxicants must be forcibly reduced or removed-but only after harm has been done. In this scientifically rigorous legal analysis, Carl Cranor argues that just as pharmaceuticals and pesticides cannot be sold without pre-market testing, other chemical products should be subject to the same safety measures. Cranor shows, in terrifying detail, what risks we run, and that it is entirely possible to design a less dangerous commercial world.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
ABBREVIATIONS
1 INTRODUCTION
2 NOWHERE TO HIDE
3 DISCOVERING DISEASE , DYSFUNCTION, AND DEATH BY MOLECULES
4 CAVEAT PARENS: A NATION AT RISK FROM CONTAMINANTS
5 RECKLESS NATION: HOW EXISTING LAWS FAIL TO PROTECT CHILDREN
6 A MORE PRUDENT APPROACH TO REDUCE TOXIC INVASIONS
7 WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO WE WANT TO CREATE?
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9780674058927
OCLC:
1013935749
Publisher Number:
10.4159/harvard.9780674058927 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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