The Application of Risk Assessment at Hazardous Waste Sites

by Robert H. Harris, ENVIRON Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


This paper discusses some of the recent innovative uses of risk assessment at hazardous waste sites. Important developments in both methodology and application are as follows: quantitative assessments of environmental and public health risks associated with remedial activities (e.g., excavation incineration) are being considered in the evaluation of remedial alternatives; consideration of the time trend of risk reduction during remediation is providing more useful information in selecting among alternative remedies; risk evaluations are considering potential risks associated with chemicals beyond priority pollutants, unidentified chemicals, and chemicals that may be present at concentrations below the detection limit of standard analytical protocols.

Subject Headings: Health hazards | Occupational safety | Waste sites | Remediation | Risk management | Hazardous wastes | Site investigation | Chemical wastes

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