Defining the goals of the Superfund program
Hazardous waste management has become an increasingly important public policy issue, requiring, among other things, that appropriate and acceptable levels of risk be determined. Since governmental response to the problem has been slow, research aimed specifically at defining the goals of hazardous waste policy must reflect the need for swift action. This paper discusses a "bootstrap" approach that would enable policymakers to evaluate the success of hazardous waste management and cleanup without setting specific goals prior to taking remedial action. It demonstrates this approach within the context of a research design for studying goal formulation for the Superfund program.