The Greening of World Trade; A Report to EPA

The Greening of World Trade; A Report to EPA

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1993-01 edition. Excerpt: ...While it is theoretically conceivable that the U.S. ban could be illegal under trade la w if it is shown to be discriminatory and a border measure and contrary to sound scientific evidence requiring such a measure to protect public health, such an outcome is unlikely since the issues are substantive rather than procedural. To believe that the U.S. asbestos ban is illegal under the GATT assumes that the U.S. regulatory process is so flawed as to produce fundamentally erroneous decisions. Nevertheless, a GATT panel incapable of considering the scientific evidence could reach conclusions which are procedurally correct but scientifically flawed. Thus far the Canadian government has not adopted the position of the asbestos manufacturers, and it is unlikely that it will push the asbestos issue so far as to create a crisis because it is well aware of the implications for U.S. environmental policy. Asbestos is in many respects a special case of a broader phenomenon known as "sunset chemicals. As knowledge about the environmental hazards of certain chemicals increases, a growing number of substances may need to be phased out entirely from use. Several chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's) have been identified as posing exceptional hazards for the stratospheric ozone layer and are slated to be phased out. Other CFC's remain in use while posing a lesser threat to the ozone layer; they will need to be controlled in the coming years, and some phased out. A range of industrial chemicals have already been widely banned, including PCB's and DDT. And certain heavy metals, cadmium in particular, have been banned in some countries which are now pushing for wider controls.40 Some countries are demanding zero emissions of certain of these substances as a condition of...show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236647211
  • 9781236647214