The contribution of science to risk-based decision-making: lessons from the development of full-scale treatment measures for acidic mine waters at Wheal Jane, UK.

@article{Younger2005TheCO,
  title={The contribution of science to risk-based decision-making: lessons from the development of full-scale treatment measures for acidic mine waters at Wheal Jane, UK.},
  author={Paul L. Younger and Richard H Coulton and Eric C Froggatt},
  journal={The Science of the total environment},
  year={2005},
  volume={338 1-2},
  pages={137-54}
}
The use of risk-based decision-making in environmental management is often assumed to rely primarily on the availability of robust scientific data and insights, while in practice socio-economic criteria are often of considerable importance. However, the relative contributions to decision-making made by scientific and socio-economic inputs are rarely assessed, and even less commonly reported. Such an assessment has been made for a major remediation project in southwest England, in which some 300… CONTINUE READING