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  • A New Vigilance: Identifying and Reducing the Risks of Environmental Terrorism

    Environmental terrorism is an old type of conflict with a new face. Large, costly wars between two or more states have become less prevalent over the past 50 years, and with the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union, there ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • How to make top-down and bottom-up sustainability converge

    Fits and starts are all too common in the sustainability world. One year you have budget for initiatives; the next you don’t. Management hails cost savings on individual projects, but they miss the big picture and fail to link progress across departmental boundaries. Bottom-up progress and top-down directives pass each other like proverbial ships in the night. But it doesn’t have to ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Identifying Naturally Occurring Asbestos Hazards at Worksites

    Asbestos is the name given to a group of six different fibrous minerals that occur naturally in the environment. These minerals can be found in soil and rock formations in many regions of the Western United States. The term naturally occurring asbestos, or NOA, refers to the mineral as a natural component of soils or rocks as opposed to asbestos in commercial products, mining or ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Environmental risk assessment of human pharmaceuticals: Regulatory developments

    Concern about the potential environmental impact of pharmaceutical residues in the aquatic environment was first expressed over 30 years ago. It is therefore surprising that there is still so little current regulation requiring environmental risk assessments to be undertaken on human pharmaceuticals. Particularly in view of the rapid development in legislation, that has taken place in many ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Environmental risk assessment of a closed industrial landfill

    Client: Waste Management Industry Location: Closed landfill, Warwickshire, UK Services: Hydrogeological risk assessment and Closed landfill support Issues: Potential risk to groundwater and surface water, environment and human health. Gaps in available data for closed landfill site. Summary: ESI ...

  • Nanopharmaceuticals – tiny challenges for the environmental risk assessment of pharmaceuticals

    Many new developments and innovations in health care are based on nanotechnology. The field of nanopharmaceuticals is diverse and not as new as one might think: for many years nanopharmaceuticals have been marketed and future is likely to bring more nanosized compounds to the market. Therefore it is time to examine, whether the environmental risk assessment for human pharmaceuticals is ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Environmental risk management: Leaving little to chance

    Life is risky at the best of times. And identifying and managing risks – in the environment, industry and financial markets – has become a priority for business and governments everywhere. Everyone knows what can go wrong. Environmental accidents, corporate scandals and financial imprudence have rung up damage bills in the billions of dollars. So the heat is on to find ways to better manage and ...

  • Case Note: Environmental Risks, Rights and Black Swans

    Keywords: Environmental rights, risk, European Court of Human Rights, black swans INTRODUCTION While it by now is well-established that certain environmental risks may trigger human rights responsibilities upon governments, a close examination of the exact perimeters of this assessment, as developed by human rights tribunals, alerts us to the explanatory ...


  • Integrated Environmental Risk Management in Real Estate Transactions

     Traditional risk management posits a rational, five-step process for managing risks. The outstanding differences between this traditional process and the environmental risk management process lie in the technicality and complexity of step one (identifying and analyzing environmental risk) and of the first part of step two (examining the feasibility of  alternative risk management, ...

  • Brownfield remediation - Urban revitalization requires local groups to learn to identify brownfield sites and understand the liability issues and environmental concerns.

    Brownfields are defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as 'abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.' Vacant industrial sites, gas stations, commercial buildings, and offices all fall under the heading of brownfields. Brownfields can be found in almost ...


  • Case study: URS - Identifying remediation locations saved hundreds of thousands

    One of the biggest threats to public health today is unsafe water. A billion people across the world don’t have access to clean drinking water, in part because many subsurface aquifers have been poisoned. Perhaps the most famous example of this was the Love Canal crisis of 1978. The Niagara Falls neighborhood experienced high rates of cancer, birth defects and other sicknesses due to ...


    By Willowstick Technologies LLC

  • Defining environmental risks and `Uncertainty` under the sarbanes-oxley act of 2002

    Find out how Marsh's Strategic Environmental Risk Assessment (SERA) process helps corporations protect assets and create value by recognizing, evaluating, and managing enterprise risk. THE ENVIRONMENT AND RISK MANAGEMENT To meet these new challenges and obligations, the risk management profession has developed a strategic process that allows companies to distinguish and manage their exposures in ...


    By AHC Group

  • Sensitivity Analysis with Correlated Inputs – an Environmental Risk Assessment Example

    ABSTRACTCrystal Ball® calculates sensitivities by computing rank correlation coefficients between model inputs (assumptions) and outputs (forecasts) – an approach that is known to provide inaccurate results for correlated assumptions. This  paper describes the Partial Correlation Coefficient (PCC) concept for sensitivity analysis of probabilistic models with correlated inputs. PCCs quantify ...


    By Oracle Crystal Ball GBU

  • Risk Analysis for SSO Projects

     ABSTRACT In 1999 the City of Atlanta negotiated a comprehensive settlement titled the First Amended Consent Decree (FACD) with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to address its sanitary sewer system to prevent future Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs). The Clean Water Atlanta Program Management Team (PMT) has ...

  • The new business of nanotechnology and risks

    There is an Alice-in-Wonderland awe associated with nanotechnology. While the technology is both exciting and hopeful for many good reasons, for businesses, and the lawyers who counsel them, the lack of certainty in areas involving potential risk is unsettling. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is only now beginning to think through how best to apply the authority it has under the ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Coordinating ecological restoration options analysis and risk assessment to improve environmental outcomes

    Ecological risk assessment as currently practiced has hindered consideration of ecosystem services endpoints and restoration goals in the environmental management process. Practitioners have created barriers between procedures to clean up contaminated areas and efforts to restore ecosystem functions. In this article, we examine linkages between contaminant risk assessment approaches and ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • An Introductory Guide to Uncertainty Analysis in Environmental and Health Risk Assessment

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis report presents guidelines for evaluating uncertainty in mathematical equations and computer models applied to assess human health and environmental risk. Uncertainty analyses involve the propagation of uncertainty in model parameters and model structure to obtain confidence statements for the estimate of risk and identify the model components of dominant importance. ...


    By Oracle Crystal Ball GBU

  • A Communication Strategy for Residual Risk

    ABSTRACT The anticipated roll-out of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Residual Risk Program represents a new kind of communication challenge for industrial facilities. The first risk-based rule is due in 2001. While questions have been raised about the technical compliance measures that will be required by the new regulations, the communication issues related to residual risk should not ...


    By Weston Solutions, Inc

  • Comparative Risk Assessment

    ' Comparative risk assessment provides a systematic way to compare environmental problems that pose different types and degrees of health risk. It combines information on the inherent hazards of pollutants, exposure levels and population characteristics to predict the resulting health effects. Using data from available sources, rapid, inexpensive comparative risk assessments can identify the most ...


    By The World Bank

  • Undisclosed risk: Corporate environmental and social reporting in emerging Asia

    This report focuses on corporate transparency on environmental risks, and lays the groundwork for understanding environmental disclosure and reporting issues in emerging markets through an investor lens. It is the second report in a series establishing the link between issues like climate change, air pollution, water supply, and natural resource depletion and traditional financial analysis on ...

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