Environmental Public Health Policy for Asbestos in Schools Unintended Consequences / Edition 1

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Overview

On January 3, 1977, Howell Township, New Jersey closed its schools while scientists tested for dangerous levels of asbestos. After reports of unexplained ailments in some children, the parents of 4,500 elementary school children had threatened to boycott classes until the Board of Education removed asbestos-containing materials. Similar cases occurred across the country. In February, 1977, the New York Times reported that the child whose illness had been attributed to asbestos actually had mononucleosis.
Was the reaction of parents and officials unwarranted? Did scientific evidence exist indicating that asbestos in schools caused children to become ill? Was all the relevant information - including the impact of their decisions on public policy in the future - considered? Environmental Public Health Policy for Asbestos in Schools addresses these questions by focusing on the development, institutionalization, and consequences of federal environmental policy for asbestos in schools.
This unique and timely book explores the history of asbestos in schools and buildings and how this issue shaped the development of public health policy. Insight into past policy, including how, why, and who caused action to be taken, will enlighten and guide the scientific and regulatory communities in the future. The story of asbestos is a cautionary tale. Other toxic agents, such as lead, nitrogen dioxide and radon, could follow the same model as asbestos, raising similar questions.
Written in a straightforward style, Environmental Public Health Policy for Asbestos in Schools explains technical concepts in language easily understood by non-experts. Understanding the factors and judgments involved in this issue gives insight into how the government - and society - perceives, assesses, and develops public health policy.

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Booknews
Emphasizing the lessons that may be learned from public health concerns that broadened from high-level occupational exposure to asbestos to low-level exposure in schools, Corn (Johns Hopkins U.) profiles "the magic mineral," the emergence of this environmental issue, and the US Environmental Protection Agency response before and since the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act (1986). Unintended consequences refer to the policy's generation of division in the scientific community, school boycotts, and misattributions of the causes of children's illnesses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566704885
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

BACKGROUND AND PERSPECTIVES
A Profile of Asbestos "The Magical Mineral"
From Occupational to Non-Occupational Exposures
The Making of an Environmental Issue
ON THE ROAD TO AHERA
Before AHERA
Congress Passes AHERA
UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
After AHERA
Dueling Conferences
Asbestos in School Buildings: Some Lessons.

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