The need for better public health decisions on chemicals released into our environment

Tracey J. Woodruff, Thomas A. Burke, Lauren Zeise

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Abstract

Protecting the health of the public-particularly the most vulnerable groups, such as children-requires rethinking current approaches to reducing environmental risks. We review the evolving understanding of the relationship between exposure to chemicals in the environment and disease, as well as the current state of managing those chemicals. We present recommendations to improve current approaches, including changing the burden of proof so that chemicals are not presumed safe in the absence of scientific data. We also propose modernizing approaches to assessing health risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)957-967
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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