This chapter introduces the dilemma facing the environmentally concerned private sector decision-maker tasked to design or reengineer a production process. It describes the challenge of ensuring appropriate environmental protection in the face of limited budgets, a fearful public, conflicts between the needs of man and the environment, and the limits of science, technology and law. Following this introduction, the means to assess risk to human health and environmental quality are discussed as are the mechanics of trading risks and balancing costs. The chapter concludes with reference to data presentation and dealing with uncertainty.
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- Evaluating Engineering to Ensure a Sustainable Environment
David W. Schnare
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg