<B>Deregulation stokes controversy on compliance cost, risk assessment</B>

The Government has taken a further step in its deregulation drive by issuing a guide to the use of compliance cost assessments (CCA) of all new regulatory proposals.1 The guide will deepen the deregulatory thrust, but is controversial because it ignores the potential business benefits of environmental legislation and excludes environmental technology businesses from the CCA process. Legislation will also have to be subject to risk assessment, but a new report has exposed fundamental divisions in Whitehall about the valuation of human life and the role of cost/benefit analysis in risk assessment.

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