Comparative Environmental Risk Assessment

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Overview

What data is needed to complete a quantitative risk assessment for environmental and public health?

How accurate does a quantitative risk assessment have to be?

How confident does a risk assessor need to be when presenting risk estimates to a decision maker?

Find out the answers to these questions and more with Comparative Environmental Risk Assessment, the first major commercial publication that describes the current state of the art in comparative environmental risk assessment. This book examines the problems involved in such analyses and offers ideas and thoughts for future development. The book examines major problems in this area and covers all aspects of the environment, including human and ecological health.

Comparative Environmental Risk Assessment is an excellent guide for risk assessment experts, environmentalists, regulators, planners, legislators, scientists in industry, instructors, and students.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780873716055
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 12/18/1992
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Overview
1 Introduction and Overview of Difficulties Encountered in Developing Comparative Rankings of Environmental Problems 3
2 Current Concerns Regarding the Implementation of Risk-Based Management: How Real Are They? 11
Ecological Health Risks
Introduction 35
3 Application of Ecological Knowledge to Environmental Problems: Ecological Risk Assessment 37
4 The Threat of Greenhouse Warming 53
Human Health Risks
Introduction 69
5 Revising the Risk Assessment Paradigm: Limits on the Quantitative Ranking of Environmental Problems 73
6 It Is Possible to Do Quantitative Assessment of Relative Risk 79
7 Noncancer Health Endpoints: Approaches to Quantitative Risk Assessment 87
8 Gaps in Knowledge in Assessing the Risk of Cancer 107
9 Estimating Viral Disease Risk from Drinking Water 117
Quantitative Risk Assessment Problem Areas and Issues
Introduction 139
10 Atmospheric Nitrogen Oxides: A Bridesmaid Revisited 143
11 Temporal Variations in Exposure Data 155
12 An Integrated Approach to Risk Characterization of Multiple Pathway Chemical Exposures 165
13 A Method for Obtaining Guidance for the Combination of Qualitative Rankings By Cancer and Noncancer Risks into a Single, Qualitative Health Risk Ranking 177
14 The Use of Statistical Insignificance in the Formulation of Risk-Based Standards for Carcinogens 199
15 Possible Carcinogenic Hazards from Natural and Synthetic Chemicals: Setting Priorities 209
16 The Impact of Data Gaps in EPA's Regional Comparative Risk Projects 237
17 The Use of Economic Data and Analysis in Comparative Risk Projects: Questions of Policy and Reliability 247
Thoughts for the Future
Introduction 259
18 The Role of Evidential Reason and Epistemic Discourse in Establishing the Risk of Environmental Carcinogens 261
19 How to Move Quickly to Risk-Based Environmental Management: A Specific Proposal 279
Index 309
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