Risk Assessment and Policy Analysis Related to the Dutch Chlorine Debate and the Swedish PVC Debate
1999, XVIII, 382 p.
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Preface When you write a book like this after ten years' working as an environmental specialist, you end up with something that reflects your career. Of course, when I started working at the Ministry of the Environment in the Netherlands, I could not foresee that I would now be at TNO, nor that I would have performed research into chlorine, PVC, waste, etc. , that would come to form the basis for this book. But step by step, with some coincidence and with the support of several people - who were probably unaware of the crucial role that, with hindsight, they played - I arrived at a position where I could start to consider this enterprise. At this point I shall try something dangerous - thanking a few of those people who gave that support. At the same time, it is obvious that I cannot mention them all. I hope that those whom I do not mention will forgive me. A first, crucial moment in this sequence of events came quite soon after I joined TNO in 1990. Just a few weeks later, all the senior staff in my section decided to leave in order to set up their own company. I decided to stay at TNO. As a consequence, I had to manage it on my own.
Preface. Glossary. 1. Introduction. 2. The Role of Science in Controversies. 3. The Toolbox for Evaluations of Environmental Performance. 4. Chlorine in the Netherlands: An Analysis of Environmental Bottlenecks and Uncertainties. 5. PVC in Sweden: An Analysis of Environmental Bottlenecks. 6. The Dutch Chlorine Debate. 7. The Swedish PVC-Debate. 8. Conclusions. 9. Reflections and Recommendations. Literature.