ecological risk assessment News

  • Technical Leadership in Ecological Risk Assessment

    A leader in environmental and ecological risk assessment, CH2M maintains a strong technical presence at leading environmental forums including the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), one of the world’s most comprehensive conferences dedicated to environmental risk management being held November 6-10, in Orlando, Florida. Our technical experts’ ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Ecological risk assessment framework for contaminants in soil

    The environmental and conservation regulators launched the ecological risk assessment (ERA) framework and technical guidance in London on 15th October 2008. The long-awaited methodology assesses risks to ecosystems from land contamination, an area of environmental assessment that has so far largely been ignored in the UK. The ERA methodology is applicable to any land quality assessment that ...


    By ENVIRON

  • BREEZE software available for human health & ecological risk assessment

    BREEZE® Software introduces BREEZE Risk Analyst, human health and ecological risk assessment software. BREEZE Risk Analyst can be used to conduct GIS-based analyses of multi-pathway human health risk assessments or food-web based ecological risk assessment modeling. The application provides the framework for conducting risk assessment modeling for both regulatory and non-regulatory applications, ...

  • Ecological risk assessment has evolving role in environmental decisions

    As concerns about the environment and a push for “green living” continue to grow, the scientific community is taking a broad look at the use of ecological risk assessment, also known as ERA. ERA is the topic of four articles in the July 2008 issue of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, published by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. ERA is a combination of risk ...

  • New Framework for Assessing Metals Risks

    Many EPA programs make decisions on regulation of metals, particularly controlling releases to the environment and establishing acceptable levels in air, water, or land. To assess better the hazards and risks from metals exposure, the agency has developed a new document that lays out the latest and best science available on metals risk assessment. The agency today released the final Framework for ...

  • Emerging ecological risk trends you should keep in mind in 2017

    In late 2016, the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry hosted one of the world’s most comprehensive conferences dedicated to environmental risk management. It’s the leading forum for scientists, industry and institutions engaged in the study of environmental contamination, management, ecological risk and research and development related to natural resources. Technical ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • EPA Announces Availability of Draft Chemical Risk Assessments

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 4, 2013, the availability of the first draft risk assessments developed under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan. The draft risk assessments are for particular uses of five chemicals found in household products: methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products; ...


    By Acta Group

  • EPA Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment Shows Risk to Workers

    Today, EPA is releasing an assessment for public comment on the potential for human health risk of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. This assessment shows some risks to workers who mix, load and apply chlorpyrifos pesticide products. When used in large amounts, chlorpyrifos has the potential to pose risks in limited geographic areas when drinking water from small watersheds. There were no additional ...

  • New tool to assess the ecological impacts of offshore wind turbines

    How do offshore wind farms affect marine wildlife? A new study outlines a systematic approach developed for Swedish waters that could also be useful for assessing wind energy impacts on the marine environment more widely. Under the 20-20-20 targets, the EU is committed to increasing the proportion of its energy that is produced from renewable resources to 20% by 2020. To address this challenge, ...

  • EPA Announces Availability of Draft Chemical Risk Assessments

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 4, 2013, the availability of the first draft risk assessments developed under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan. The draft risk assessments are for particular uses of five chemicals found in household products: methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products; ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Causes of ecological degradation in waterways

    Human activities can have a multitude of different effects on rivers and streams, and it is difficult to identify those that have the biggest impact on aquatic populations. A newly developed method for assessing ecological degradation in waterways helps deal with this problem and could provide crucial information for water managers charged with tackling the root causes of degradation. In the EU, ...

  • Contaminated Land Risk Assessment Conference to take place in London

    The Contaminated Land Risk Assessment Conference will take place in London on Wednesday, 23rd September 2009. With house building at its lowest level since records began in 1976 there is now more emphasis than ever on risk assessment. Accordingly, this conference will focus on re-thinking the entire strategy for the current economic climate, as well as ensuring pragmatic and appropriate risk ...


    By Newzeye Ltd

  • Judi Durda and Damian Preziosi coauthor article on relative risk model for evaluating ecological conditions in an estuary

    Ms. Judi Durda and Mr. Damian Preziosi of Integral Consulting Inc. have coauthored “Development of a Preliminary Relative Risk Model for Evaluating Regional Ecological Conditions in the Delaware River Estuary, USA,” which was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. The article describes a preliminary assessment that was undertaken ...


    By Integral Consulting Inc.

  • EPA Releases Final Risk Assessments for Three TSCA Work Plan Chemicals

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on August 28, 2014, final risk assessments for three Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan chemicals -- methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM), antimony trioxide (ATO), and 1,3,4,6,7,8-hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta-[γ]-2-benzopyran (HHCB). The much anticipated release of these assessments marks a real ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Mapping pesticide contamination risk

    A new computerised tool helps regulators identify water sources at risk of pesticide contamination. The tool can be used to produce maps indicating water bodies at risk of contamination by taking into account: adjacent land-use, the concentration of pesticides in the environment and biological indicators of contamination. Protection of water resources is a key priority for the EU and water bodies ...

  • Unconventional shale gas and oil: overview of ecological impacts

    Research findings on the wildlife and habitat impacts of unconventional shale gas and oil developments in the US have been collated in a new review. Its authors stress the importance of collecting data on local ecosystems before such developments begin, to allow changes in nature be tracked and aid on-going improvements to management. Unconventional shale oil and gas are already important sources ...

  • Collecting data to explore the ecological threat of nanomaterials

    The overall ecological impact of 10 engineered nanomaterials has been modelled for the first time using toxicity data from multiple living species. These models will allow researchers to assess the effect nanomaterials may have on both ecosystems and people. Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are small-scale substances measuring less than 100 nm in at least one dimension. They are increasingly used ...

  • Integral Consulting Opens New England Office Specializing in Risk Assessment and Litigation Support Services

    Integral Consulting Inc. announces the opening of a new office in Portland, Maine, expanding its environmental and health services to the New England region of the United States. The new office is located at 45 Exchange Street, Suite 200, Portland, Maine 04101. Noted toxicologist Dr. Russell Keenan recently joined Integral to launch the new office, which will initially focus on human health and ...


    By Integral Consulting Inc.

  • EPA Releases First Set of Draft Risk Assessments Under Existing Chemicals Work Plan Effort

    EPA today released for public comment draft risk assessments, for particular uses, on five chemicals found in common household products. The draft risk assessments were developed as part of the agency’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identified common chemicals for review over the coming years to assess any impacts on people’s health and the environment. ...

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