Managing Ecological Risks at EPA: Issues and Recommendations for Progress (Final Report, 1994)
This report stems from issues identified during the development of EPA’s Framework for Ecological Risk Assessment (U.S. EPA, 1992a), the Agency’s initial guidance for conducting ecological risk assessment. In May 1991, during a scientific peer review of the Framework, several scientists from academia, government, and industry reached a consensus opinion that:
- . . . policy and risk management issues must play an important part in guiding the ecological risk assessment process to ensure that relevant societal concerns are adequately addressed (U.S. EPA, 1992b).
To provide this needed policy guidance for ecological risk assessments, EPA conducted a survey between August 1992 and March 1993 to document the Agency’s current and historical ecological concerns as expressed by Agency decisions. This report summarizes the results of that survey.
The goals of the report are to: (1) Summarize the ecological concerns historically used in EPA decision-making; (2) Provide background information for future guidance on risk management and on establishing guiding principles for developing, describing, and using ecological risk assessments at EPA: and (3) Provide a set of recommendations to improve ecological considerations in EPA decision-making.
This document has been reviewed in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy and approved for publication. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.
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- FRAMEWORK FOR ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT AT THE EPA