The Ruffin Series of the Society for Business Ethics

Volume 2, 2000

Environmental Challenges to Business

Kristin Shrader-Frechette
Pages 167-184

Ethics and the Challenge of Low-Dose Exposures

In a recent article in American Scientist, a Berkeley expert quips: “Chicken Little is alive and well in America.” Never in history have health and environment-related hazards been so low, he says, while “so much effort is put into removing the last few percent of pollution or the last little bit of risk.” He thinks we have monumental battles over negligible risks, battles that are extraordinarily expensive for the industries that must pay to control pollution or to reduce risk.