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The workshop on environmental standards brings up to date and completes a previous initiative, by examining more closely the remaining unresolved issues, such as the need to define the relationship between standards and the criteria for interpreting them in specific cases instead of searching simplistically for a single cut-and-dried, all-purpose solution. Analysts need to specify their exact position regarding certain basic options. Analysis is credible only if it ensures proper critical evaluation of the analyst's own work. Legal standards can either be viewed as completely adequate or as a minimal basis for integration as soon as this becomes possible. Legal standards should preferably be used as a starting point rather than as a sole point of reference, and evaluation based wherever possible on guidelines rather than set limits. Four other topics needing thorough examination are held to constitute the minimum requirement for addressing the global issue of standards.

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Authors: COLOMBO A G, JRC Ispra (IT);MALCEVSCHI S, Università di Pavia (IT);ZAMBRINI M (EDITORS), Cooperativa Ecologica, Milano (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14207 IT (1992) 115 pp., FS, free of charge
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