Risk Assessment -- a cost-saving partner to remedial investigations

Risk assessment -- either human health or ecological -- is a tiered process that includes the following general steps:

Contaminants in groundwater and surface water can pose risks to human health and the environment via a number of potential exposure pathways.  Distilled to the  most basic elements, concentrations of constituents of concern in environmental media collected at a site are compared to literature-derived toxicity information and within the context of the appropriate exposure parameters, a determination is made whether existing or presumptive risks are acceptable by a regulatory paradigm.  The results may serve as the nexus for cost savings and the judicious use of finite resources for mitigation by focusing remedial activities on media and populations most at risk.

Call me at 206-451-4133, or email me at aerie01@comcast.net to discuss how your projects could benefit from a risk assessment approach.