1st Edition

A Practical Guide to Understanding, Managing, and Reviewing Environmental Risk Assessment Reports

ISBN 9781566704489
Published February 21, 2001 by CRC Press
680 Pages

USD $195.00

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Book Description

A Practical Guide to Understanding, Managing and Reviewing Environmental Risk Assessment Reports provides team leaders and team members with a strategy for developing the elements of risk assessment into a readable and beneficial report.
The authors believe that successful management of the risk assessment team is a key factor is quality reports. Leadership first clarifies the roles of each participant and the unique technical factors of their respective disciplines. Teamwork is achieved through an emphasis on common language and procedures.
Belluck and Benjamin explore a variety of techniques for creating accurate and useful reports. An example is Proactive Risk Assessment, which breaks a project into discrete parts to be delivered on an interim basis. This method, based on iterative review, drastically increases the chance of detecting errors while they can still be corrected.
The authors emphasize rigorous standards by which reports are audited, evaluated and critiqued. The goal is to create reports that are accurate, useful and, adaptable on an industry-wide basis.

Table of Contents

Human Health Risk Assessment
Ecological Risk Assessment
Reviewing a Human Health Risk Assessment Report
Reviewing an Ecological Risk Assessment
Legal Context for Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
Scoping the Risk Assessment
Risk Assessment Contract Formation
Risk Assessment Report Work Plans
A Practical Guide to Managing and Producing A Risk Assessment Report: Risk Assessment A-Z
Groundwater and Risk Assessment
Air Toxics
Pesticide Risk Assessment
Radiation Risk Assessment
Remediation Risk Assessment
Facility Risk Assessment
CERCLA and RCRA Risk Assessment
International Health Risk Assessment - Approaches for Pesticides
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Sampling Design
Sampling for Ecological Risk Assessments
Toxicity Testing in Risk Assessment
Epidemiology and Health Risk Assessment
Surface Water Modeling
Ground Water Modeling in Health Risk Assessment
Air Toxics Modeling
Uncertainty Analysis
Analytical Quality Assurance/Quality Control for Environmental Samples Used in Risk Assessment
Scientific Library Risk Research for Risk Assessment
Historical Toxicology and Risk Assessment
Cost Benefit Analysis
Site Safety
Team Work
Clear Communication in Risk Assessment Writing
Risk Communication

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Sally L. Benjamin, M.S., J.D., is an environmental scientist and attorney with more than 25 years of professional experience in environmental policy, natural resources management, and public dispute resolution. Ms. Benjamin’s rm, Risk Writers, Ltd., 3108 46th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406, conducts historical and technical research for environmental litigation and provides expert services in toxicology, environmental science, and the history of science. Ms. Benjamin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Mans eld State College, Pennsylvania, her Master of Science from the Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Hennepin County Bar and of the Minnesota and the Wisconsin State Bar Associations. Her research interests include environmental impacts of local land use planning, interrelationships of transit, traf c and urban air quality, manufactured gas plant history, and the role of environmental science in litigation, public policy, legislation, and regulation. David A. Belluck, B.S., Ph.D., is a toxicologist and risk assessor with more than 30 years experience in public health and environmental science. Dr. Belluck is principal toxicologist for Risk Writers, Ltd., 3108 46th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406. Dr. Belluck provides expert services for litigation in the areas of toxicology, environmental risk, and the history of science. Dr. Belluck publishes extensively on risk assessment, toxicology, and groundwater protection. His current research interests include historical toxicology of manufactured gas plants and improved project management techniques for risk assessment and public decisionmaking. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee to the U.S. EPA on Ambient Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs). Dr. Belluck earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.