Mary Scott, The Precautionary Principle and Residual Products: CCA as a Case-Study, Honours thesis, University of Wollongong, 2006
(awarded first class honours).
The goal of the Precautionary Principle is to safeguard the environment and humans through reducing unnecessary risks and minimizing harm likely to be generated by industry. A range of products were introduced before the advent of the Precautionary Principle. These have since been banned from sale because of their potential risks.
It is imperative that the Precautionary Principle be applied to residual and waste products and not just future applications. Timber preserved with copper chrome arsenate (CCA) is a residual product requiring urgent attention. CCA-treated timber provides a good case study to demonstrate the need for extending the Precautionary Principle to residual products containing toxic substances.
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Table of Contents
- THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE
- CCA-TREATED TIMBER
- REGULATIONS AND ADVICE FOR TREATED TIMBER USAGE IN AUSTRALIA
- PROBLEMS WITH RESIDUAL CCA-TREATED TIMBER PRODUCTS
- WASTE DISPOSAL
- APPENDIX 1 The Precautionary Principle: A Working Definition
- APPENDIX 2 The Wingspread Statement
- APPENDIX 3 Submission to Yarra Ranges Council