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Ecological Risk Assessment for Contaminated Sites

Edited by Glenn W Suter II, Rebecca Efroymson, Bradley E Sample, Daniel S Jones 
CRC Press  2000  



Hardback  464pp  ISBN 9781566705257      £62.00
  • Covers ecological, environmental, risk, and impact assessments conducted at contaminated sites
  • Follows the structure of the EPA's framework for ecological risk assessment
  • Develops methods and models for ecological risk assessment
  • Presents state-of-the-art techniques in a clear, practical style

Love Canal. Exxon Valdez. Times Beach. Sacramento River Spill. Amoco Cadiz. Seveso. Every area of the world has been affected by improper waste disposal and chemical spills. Common hazardous waste sites include abandoned warehouses, manufacturing facilities, processing plants, and landfills. These sites poison the land and contaminate groundwater and drinking water.

A sequel to the bestselling Ecological Risk Assessment, Ecological Risk Assessment for Contaminated Sites focuses on how to perform ecological risk assessments for Superfund sites and locations contaminated by improper disposal of wastes, or chemical spills. It integrates the authors' extensive experience in assessing ecological risks at U.S. government sites with techniques and examples from assessments performed by others.

Conducting an ecological risk assessment on a contaminated site provides the information needed to make decisions concerning site remediation. The first rule of good risk assessment is "don't do anything stupid". With the practical preparation you get from Ecological Risk Assessment for Contaminated Sites you won't.

Contents

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction: Definitions and Concepts
  • Scope and Definitions
  • Regulatory Context
  • Ecorisk Framework
  • The Remedial Process
  • Site Characterization and Scoping Assessment
  • The Assessment Planning Process
  • The Assessment Plan
  • Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Remedial Alternatives Assessment
  • Efficacy Assessment
  • Damage Assessment
  • Tiers: Scoping, Screening, and Definitive Assessments
  • Relationship to Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Differences in Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Why Ecological Endpoints May be More Sensitive than Humans
  • Scale in Human Health and Ecological Risk
  • Participants in Ecological Risk Assessments
  • Problem Formation
  • Risk Managers and Risk Assessors
  • Physical Scope
  • Spatial Extant
  • Spatial Units
  • Source Units
  • Watershed Units
  • Groundwater Units
  • Terrestrial Integrator Units
  • Spatial Subunits
  • Site Description
  • Source Description
  • Assessment Endpoints Selection
  • Selection of Endpoint Properties
  • Selection of Levels of Effect on Properties of Endpoint Entities
  • Conceptual Models
  • Conceptual Models of Alternative Baseline Scenarios
  • Components of a Conceptual Model
  • Unit Types and Default Conceptual Models
  • Sources
  • Routes of Transport
  • Exposure Media
  • Receptors
  • Indirect Exposure and Effects
  • Output to Other Units
  • Relationship to Other Conceptual Models
  • Form of the Conceptual Model
  • Analysis Plan
  • Measures of Exposure, Effects, and Environmental Conditions
  • Sampling and Analysis Plan
  • Reference Sites and Reference Information
  • Field Verification of the Plan
  • Deviations and Contingencies
  • Analysis of Exposure
  • Components of Analysis of Exposure
  • Sampling and Chemical Analysis of Media
  • Chemical Analysis of Biota and Biomarkers
  • Bioassay
  • Biosurvey
  • Transport and Fate Models
  • Exposure Models
  • Exposure to Contaminants in Surface Water
  • Exposure to Contaminants in Soil
  • Sampling, Extraction, and Chemical Analysis
  • Partial Chemical Extraction and Normalization
  • Nonaqueous Phase Liquids
  • Soil Depth Profile
  • Future Exposure
  • Exposure of Aquatic Organisms
  • Exposure of Plants
  • Rooting Depth
  • Rhizosphere
  • Wetlands
  • Soil Properties
  • Chemical Form
  • Chemical Interactions
  • Interspecies Differences
  • Air as an Exposure Route
  • Exposure of Soil Invertebrates
  • Depth of Exposure and Ingested Material
  • Soil Properties and Chemical Interactions
  • Exposure of Soil Microbial Communities
  • Exposure of Wildlife
  • Exposure Based on Internal Measures
  • Exposure Based on External Measures
  • Parameters for Estimation of Exposure
  • Uptake Models
  • Aquatic Organism Uptake
  • Terrestrial Arthropod Uptake
  • Terrestrial Vertebrate Uptake
  • Petroleum and Other Chemical Mixtures
  • Summary of Exposure Characterization
  • Screening Against Ecotoxicological Benchmarks
  • Exposure Concentrations
  • Screening Media
  • Screening Receptors
  • Screening Sites
  • Data Collection and Evaluation
  • Data Adequacy and Uncertainties
  • Presentation of a Screening Assessment
  • Risk Characterization: Definitive
  • Single Chemical Toxicity
  • Aqueous Exposure of Aquatic Organisms
  • Sediment Exposure of Benthic Invertibrate
  • Soil Exposure of Plants, Invertebrates and Microbial Communities
  • Multi-Media Exposure of Wildlife
  • Body Burdens of Endpoint Organisms
  • Ambient Media Toxicity Tests
  • Biological Surveys
  • Biomarkers
  • Weight of Evidence
  • Triad Alternatives
  • Future Risks
  • Interpretation
  • Reporting Ecological Risks
  • Uncertainty
  • Concepts and Definitions
  • Why Analyze Uncertainty?
  • Quantitative Techniques for Analysis of Uncertainty
  • Making Sense of Uncertainty and Probability
  • Methods for Exposure
  • Methods for Effects
  • Methods for Risk Characterization
  • Parameters to Treat as Uncertain
  • Remedial Goals
  • Preliminary Remedial Goals
  • Prigs for Surface Water
  • Sediment
  • Soil
  • Modification of PRGs
  • Land Use
  • Remedial Goal Options
  • Human Health
  • Remedial Decisions
  • Risks From Remediation
  • Problem Formulation
  • Conceptual Models for Alternatives Assessment
  • Assessment Endpoints
  • Exposure and Effects Assessment
  • Case Studies
  • Recovery
  • Time to Recovery
  • Hastening Recovery
  • Balancing Risks
  • Different Risk Metrics
  • Win/Lose Outcomes
  • Land Use Conflicts, Etc.
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Post-Remedial Assessment
  • Post-Remedial Monitoring
  • Residual Risks
  • Preassessment Screen Phase
  • Assessment Plan Phase
  • Assessment Phase
  • Quantification Phase
  • Damage Determination
  • Post-Assessment Phase
  • Alternative Approaches
  • Conclusions
  • Glossary
  • Appendix
  • References

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