My thanks to Michael Kraft, who read the chapter on the politics of risk management and made valuable suggestions and criticisms. I am also grateful to Fred Kramer for his comments and suggestions in initial stages of this study and to Bob Gilmour for his suggestions concerning material to be included in the final chapter.
I would also like to express my appreciation to the governmental officials and former governmental officials, including EPA officials, staff members of congressional committees, and specialists in environmental and public interest organizations, who were interviewed or provided background information for this study. Stuart Eizenstat, former assistant to President Carter in Domestic Affairs and Policy; Erik D. Olson, Conservation Foundation; Morton Rosenberg, Congressional Research Service; Debra A. Jacobson, counsel, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Roger L. Sperry, former senior GAO consultant for the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs; Gary Bass of OMB Watch; and Stephen Jellinek, former staff director of the Council on Environmental Quality, were especially helpful.
I would also like to thank Bill Thompson and the staff of the Government Documents Division at the University of Massachusetts for their assistance; Doris Holden, for her ability to decipher my scrawl in typing the drafts of this book; Charlotte Belenky, for her encouragement in writing the book; and the Greenwood Press staff for their cooperation and patience in making this book a reality.