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Ecological Risk Assessment Workshop

September 13, 2011 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15 Welcome and Introductions
Jennifer Griffith, NEWMOA

9:30 Principles of Ecological Risk Assessment [PDF]
Charles Harman, AMEC

  • When does Eco Risk need to be considered? (What types of sites and site conditions?)
  • Who needs to be involved? (What types of expertise needed?)
  • Problem Formulation
  • Overview of general process/steps (including differences and similarities between terrestrial and aquatic)

10:45 Break

11:00 Advantages and Limitation of Using Various Sediment Quality Guidelines [PDF]
Ken Finkelstein, NOAA

11:45 Incorporation of Bioavailability into Eco Risk Exposure Scenarios [PDF]
Steve Clough, Haley & Aldrich and representing ITRC

  • Can it be accurately measured?
  • Advantages, limitations and interpretation of sediment metals data and associated bioavailability using AVS/SEM analysis

12:30 Lunch (provided)

1:15 Choosing the Appropriate Toxicity Tests and Representative Receptors for Your Site [PDF]
Rex Bergamini, Great Eastern Ecology

  • When to require tissue tests? Which tests? Etc

2:00 Developing site-Specific Clean-up Goals [PDF]
Rex Bergamini, Great Eastern Ecology

  • Including the procedure for determining assessment and measurement endpoints
  • Risk management decisions when calculated cleanup goals cannot be reached

2:45 Break

3:00 Bringing it All Together-Case Studies

4:00 Adjourn


September 13, 2011
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center
Westford, MA United States + Google Map