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The Many Faces of Chlorine

Authors:

Schulz, William

Publication Date:

October 18, 2004

Abstract:

C.T. 'Kip' Howlett recounts the false tale of a cholera epidemic being started in Peru by health officials taking precautionary action by shutting down water chlorination systems to avoid the cancer hazard from chlorination byproducts....

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The Many Faces of Chlorine, (PDF, 381 KB)

Precaution (Of A Sort) Without Principle

Publication Date:

November 1, 2001

Abstract:

Ideological opponents of the precautionary principle retell the false story of a choler epidemic supposedly being cause of health officials taking precautionary action in Peru in 1991, turning of water chlorination systems to avoid the dangers of cancer from chlorination by products. The story was ...

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Precaution (Of A Sort) Without Principle, (HTM, 38 KB)

Cholera on the Rocks

Authors:

Evans, Imogen

Publication Date:

January 30, 1993

Abstract:

Describes transmission of cholera through use of contaminated ice in drinks....

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Cholera on the Rocks, (PDF, 37 KB)

Waterborne Transmission of Epidemic Cholera in Trujillo, Peru: Lessons for a Continent at Risk

Publication Date:

July 4, 1992

Abstract:

Study revealign true causes of cholera epidemic in Peru in 1991: a public health infrastructure not up to the task of averting a waterborne epidemic of bacterial disease....

Of Cabbages and Chlorine: Cholera in Peru

Authors:

Editors, Lancet

Publication Date:

July 4, 1992

Abstract:

Editorial in Lancet debunks the false rumor that an epidemic of cholera in Peru in 1991 was started by deliberat action of health officials stopping chlorination of water supplies as a precautionary measure to avoid the dangers of cancer from chlorination byproducts....

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Of Cabbages and Chlorine: Cholera in Peru, (HTM, 4 KB)

The 1991 Cholera Epidemic in Peru: Not a Case of Precaution Gone Awry

Publication Date:

June 15, 2005

Abstract:

Historical examination of the cholera epidemic that began in peru in 1991, examining the many factors that contributed to the spread of the epidemic to 19 countries in Latin America. Dispells the myth that the epidemic was caused by misguided precautionary action on the part of Peruvian health offi...

Cholera Epidemic Traced to Risk Miscalculation

Publication Date:

November 28, 1991

Abstract:

This brief news article started the baseless rumor that Peruvian health officials started a cholera epidemic in their country in 1991 by stopping chlorination of drinking water, as a precautionary measure to avoid the dangers of cancer from chlorination byproducts....

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Cholera Epidemic Traced to Risk Miscalculation, (PDF, 215 KB)

Alternatives to Quantitative Risk Assessment for Decision-Making (Draft 2)

Authors:

Montague, Peter

Publication Date:

July 10, 2005

Abstract:

Offers 7 criticisms of quantitative risk assessment and offers several alternative ways of gathering information for, and approaching, decisions affecting public health and the natural environment....

Beyond Risk: An Ecological Paradigm to Prevent Global Chemical Pollution

Authors:

Thornton, Joe

Publication Date:

June 15, 2000

Abstract:

Describes how the "risk assessment" approach to chemical regulation has created a fully-contaminated world, and suggests alternative policies that might actually protect the environment and human health from industrial poisons....

Deceptive Science; The Problem with Risk Assessment

Authors:

Montague, Peter

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

Abstract:

Riskl assessment is used as a bulldozer by industry and goverbment to shove unwanted projects and practises into commnunities; this brief essay reveals the fatal scientific flaws in risk assessment and suggests an alternative way to get risk information into decisions....
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