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1 April 1996

Regulatory reform proposals and the public health.

Publication: Environmental Health Perspectives
Volume 104, Issue 4
Pages 356 - 361


The U.S. Congress is considering legislation that would change policy for environmental health in important ways. Current approaches have been criticized for addressing the wrong set of priorities and consuming too many resources. The legislation requires additional analyses and sets new decision criteria to be applied to federal agency actions taken to protect the environment and public health. Close review of the legislation suggests that though it is intended to address identified problems, it is unlikely to lead to an improved basis for public policy and is likely to paralyze the regulatory process. Reform proposals that reduce rather than increase fragmentation of decision-making and that address problems comprehensively rather than selectively are needed.

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Environmental Health Perspectives
Volume 104Issue 4April 1996
Pages: 356 - 361
PubMed: 8732938


Published online: 1 April 1996



P A Buffler
School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley 94720-7360, USA.
A D Kyle
School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley 94720-7360, USA.

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