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The Environmental Risk Assessment and the Law on Environmental Liability

by MediTerra Environmental Consultants, S.L.  (Jan. 23, 2009)

Directive 2004/35/CE of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage has been transposed in the Spanish legal order by means of Law 26/2007 of 23 October on Environmental Liability. The purpose of Law 26/2007 is to establish aframework of ...

Assessing the ecotoxicological risks of nanoparticles

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Apr. 22, 2009)

A new study highlights the need for more research aimed at understanding the effects of nanoparticles on the environment. Efforts should focus on developing more sensitive analytical methods for characterising and detecting nanoparticles, say the researchers. The study discusses engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), a diverse class of nanoscale ...

New Framework for Assessing Metals Risks

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 12, 2007)

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. ...

FREE Web Seminar: Probabilistic Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides

by Oracle Crystal Ball GBU  (Jan. 18, 2007)

FREE Web Seminar: Probabilistic Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Time: 3:00 pm GMT Standard Time (London) There is increasing interest in Europe in the probabilistic risk assessment of pesticides to help reduce reliance on overly conservative combinations of worst case exposure and toxicity values. ...

Ecological risk assessment has evolving role in environmental decisions

by Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)  (Jul. 11, 2008)

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 ...

Revisiting EFSA@EXPO: How can we advance environmental risk assessment?

by The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)  (Jan. 7, 2016)

Environmental risk assessment (ERA) is an important part of maintaining a healthy environment and conserving biodiversity. ERA has become indispensable to regulatory decision-making, and in this context ERA evaluates the potential adverse effects of regulated stressors – such as genetically modified plants, pesticides and feed additives ...

Environmental Site Assessment

by ASTM International  (Dec. 10, 2013)

A revision of ASTM E1527, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, has been issued; it clarifies language and strengthens the report that results from following the standard. E1527 guides those assessing the environmental condition of commercial real estate and identifies ...

House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Chemical Risk Assessment

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Nov. 6, 2011)

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on October 6, 2011, on "Chemical Risk Assessment: What Works for Jobs and the Economy?" The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. The witness list is not yet publicly available. We ...

GM mosquito risk assessments `deficient`, says review

by SciDev.Net  (Feb. 14, 2012)

Decisions to release genetically modified (GM) insects into the wild should be made more openly and based on better science, according to a review. The authors say that, so far, the environmental impact assessments for such releases have been "scientifically deficient", and that without timely, publically available risk assessments the public may ...

EPA Announces Availability of Draft Chemical Risk Assessments

by Acta Group  (Feb. 8, 2013)

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 ...

EPA releases public database on risk assessments

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 24, 2010)

EPA is releasing the Health and Environmental Research Online (HERO) database, a milestone in transparency.  HERO provides access to the scientific studies used in making key regulatory decisions, including EPA’s periodic review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for six major pollutants.  It is part of the open ...

EPA Announces Availability of Draft Chemical Risk Assessments

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Feb. 7, 2013)

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 ...

Support grows for European risk assessment campaign

by European Agency for Safety and Health at Work  (Dec. 4, 2008)

Eight more pan-European and multinational organisations have signed up to support the Healthy Workplaces campaign organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). This brings the number of official campaign partners to 17. The campaign aims at reducing work-related accidents and illnesses by focusing on the assessment of ...

Ecological risk assessment framework for contaminants in soil

by ENVIRON  (Oct. 16, 2008)

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 ...

House subcommittee to hold hearing on chemical risk assessment

by Acta Group  (Oct. 3, 2011)

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on October 6, 2011, on "Chemical Risk Assessment: What Works for Jobs and the Economy?" The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. The witness list is not yet publicly available. We understand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Integrated Risk ...

EPA changes chemical risk assessment process

by Environment News Service (ENS)  (Apr. 11, 2008)

The US EPA says it is expanding the process for recommending that a chemical be assessed for risk of harm to human health or the environment, 'to increase its transparency and efficiency.' But the senator who heads the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee says the changes really put the risk assessment process directly under the control ...

Syngenta scientist outlines new risk-assessment approach

by Syngenta  (Nov. 12, 2012)

 Speaking to scientists at the Society of Toxicology (SOT) FutureTox MeetingOct. 18 in Washington, D.C., Syngenta Principal ...

EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE)

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Jun. 25, 2014)

Today (June 25, 2014), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE). The assessment identified health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives. It also identifies health risks to workers when TCE is used as a degreaser in small commercial ...

Draft Lead Risk Assessment Available for Public Comment

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Aug. 2, 2007)

Washington, D.C. – EPA is releasing a second draft risk report as part of the agency’s review of the national air quality standards for lead. Completing and reviewing a risk ...

EPA Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment Shows Risk to Workers

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Jan. 5, 2015)

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 ...

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