The Precautionary Principle, Pollution Prevention and Environmental Restoration
The essence of the Precautionary Principle is that government should act before harm to human health and environment occurs from the releases of toxic substances. Indications that there will probably be environmental harm, rather than absolute proof of harm, should trigger protective action. If there is a reasonable suspicion that harm to human health and the environment could occur from the release of a toxic substance, government should step in and fix the problem before its hurts people and the environment. The essence of the Principle of Pollution Prevention is that it is better to prevent environmental pollution before it occurs, rather than try to remediate or restore after the fact. Pollution Prevention encompasses the old adage that an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” My presentation will discuss these two concepts in relation to the ongoing remediation and restoration activities in Butte and surrounding areas.
Ray, Ph.D., John W., "The Precautionary Principle, Pollution Prevention and Environmental Restoration" (2018). Guest Lectures. 60.