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CRT Endorses "Be Safe" Platform:  Precautionary Principle Campaign Spearheaded by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

September 29, 2003

BE SAFE Platform Principles

  1. HEED EARLY WARNINGS
    Government and industry have a duty to prevent harm, when there is credible evidence that harm is occurring or is likely to occur -- even when the exact nature and full magnitude of harm is not yet proven.

  2. PUT SAFETY FIRST
    Industry and government have a responsibility to thoroughly study the potential for harm from a new chemical or technology before it is used -- rather than assume it is harmless until proven otherwise. We need to ensure it is safe now, or we will be sorry later. Research on impacts to workers and the public needs to be confirmed by independent third parties.

  3. EXERCISE DEMOCRACY
    Precautionary decisions place the highest priority on protecting health and the environment, and help develop cleaner technologies and industries with effective safeguards and enforcement. Government and industry decisions should be based on meaningful citizen input and mutual respect (the golden rule), with the highest regard for those whose health may be affected and for our irreplaceable natural resources - not for those with financial interests. Uncompromised science should inform public policy.

  4. CHOOSE THE SAFEST SOLUTION
    Decision-making by government, industry and individuals must include an evaluation of alternatives, and the choice of the safest, technically feasible solutions. We support innovation and promotion of technologies and solutions that create a healthy environment and economy, and protect our natural resources.

www.besafenet.com
Environmental Health Alliance
c/o CHEJ, P.O. Box 6806
150 S. Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22040.
TEL. 703-237-2249
FAX 703-237-8389.