This article provides a “big picture” overview for environmental professionals with responsibility for addressing VI at one or more sites, with seven key questions that should be considered.
1. WHEN IS EMERGENCY RESPONSE NECESSARY?
2. WHAT AGENCY HAS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY?
3. WHICH GUIDANCE APPLIES?
4. WHAT LEVEL OF EXPOSURE IS ACCEPTABLE?
5. WHAT INFORMATION IS ALREADY AVAILABLE?
6. WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED?
7. WHAT TYPE OF EXPERTISE IS NEEDED?