De Minimis Risk

From Concept to Practice
  • Joseph Fiksel
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Risk Analysis book series (CIRA, volume 2)


The statutes that govern federal regulation of environmental and technological risks represent the attempts of Congress to establish intelligible goals and principles as a guide for regulatory agencies. However, the statutory language frequently includes absolute statements that cannot realistically be satisfied or ambiguous statements that provide inadequate guidance. As a result, the regulatory process has often been hampered by difficulties in interpreting the intent and substance of the statutes, particularly in the context of low-level chronic risks.


Risk Level Acceptable Risk Residual Risk Capita Risk Ambiguous Statement 
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  1. 1.
    Fiksel, J., M. S. Baram, L. A. Cox, and J. R. Miyares, “Principles for Use of De Minimis Concepts in Risk Regulation,” Arthur D. Little, Inc. Final Report to Division of Policy Research and Analysis, National Science Foundation, Washington D.C., November 1984.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Fiksel
    • 1
  1. 1.TeknowledgePalo AltoUSA

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