The management of environmental contamination requires decision makers to weigh existing risks against the potential effects of implementing environmental policies, considering both the benefits and disruptions that may result from different courses of action. The present book represents an major advance in the development and application of cost-efficient methods of risk assessment, especially under circumstances of budget constraints and in developing countries. The book explores the potential of risk assessment to act as a unified and unifying technique for addressing a wide range of environmental problems. A wide range of issues are discussed, ranging from specific and local studies through global decision and management frameworks. The approaches developed range from specific methods through widely applied public policies. The book shows that the use of risk assessment can provide the scientific basis for environmentally sound, cost-effective policies, strategies and solutions to our environmental challenges.
Introduction: Developments and Trends in Ecological Risk Assessment, G.W. Suter II; How Much is Too Much? - Thoughts about the Use of Risk Assessment for Countries in Transition and the Developing World, R.G. Bell, J. Wilson; Application of Risk Assessment in Different Countries, J. Clarkson, et al. Part I Methods and Tools for Assessment and Management of Environmental Risks: Streamlining the Risk Assessment Process - Integration of Generic Criteria and Site-Specific Risk Assessment, C.L. Gaudet, et al; Derivation of Aquatic Toxicity Values in Support of Groundwater Criteria Development for Trichlorofluoromethane and Dichlorodifluoromethane, H. Hristov, D. Manca; Ecotoxicity of River and Spring Sediment Along the Hanford Reach, D.A. Delistraty, J. Yokel; Determination of Primary and Secondary Responses to Environmental Stressors and Biota Health, V.M. Bresler, et al; Risk Assessment for Biological Stressors, M.R. Powell; Endocrine Disruptors and Risk Assessment, J.J. Amaral Mendes, et al; Chernobyl Forests - Risk from Wood Combustion, A.J. Grebenkov, et al; A Framework to Support Insurers on the Assessment of Pollution Risks, A. Salgueiro, et al; Integrated Risk Assessment of Chemical Mixtures, M. MacDonell; A Comparative Risk Assessment Methodology for Prioritizing Risk Management Policy Initiatives - Ranking of Industrial Waste Streams in Portugal, J.A. Shatkin, et al; Methods and Tools for Assessment and Management of Environmental Risks (Part contents).