Introduction to Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for RCRA/Superfund
This course provides participants with the fundamentals of ecological risk assessment as applied to the RCRA and Superfund cleanup process. This course will also discuss the application of the ecological risk process to other non-chemical stressors. This course is designed to present an introduction of the ecological risk assessment process to Project Managers, On-Scene Coordinators, Risk Assessment Reviewers, and potentially new Risk Assessors working at hazardous waste sites or treatment, storage and disposal facilities. The course assumes little experience with toxicology and risk assessment or knowledge regarding ecological risk assessment guidance.
The course is based on the EPA Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund: Process for Designing and Conducting Ecological Risk Assessments.
The risk assessment process is presented in an introductory format.The overall goal of the course is for the student to have a good understanding of the ecological risk assessment guidance associated with Hazardous Waste Programs.
Topics include: screening level ecological risk assessment, baseline ecological risk assessment, preliminary remediation goals; regulations and guidance; data collection and evaluation; exposure assessment; toxicity assessment; risk characterization; principles of ecological assessment; ecological risk assessment guidance; and ecological data collection methods. Current technical and information resources will also be discussed.
Instructional methods include lectures, videos, class discussions, and group exercises.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
Note: Calculators are highly recommended.
If you want a copy of the guidance for reference during class, you may download the following documents from the EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/risk/ecological-risk-assessment-guidance-superfund-process-designing-and-conducting-ecological-risk
Note: It is not necessary to have copies of this document for the course. Display copies are available for review during the course.
Continuing Education Units: 1.8
THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.
*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*
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In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
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