LSPA Continuing Education Webinar

Method 3 Ecological Risk Assessment 

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021  
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:15 PM EST (There is a 30 min break scheduled from 1:00 - 1:30 PM)
Live Webinar via Zoom
Registration: In your LSPA registration confirmation email, you will receive a link to a Zoom Registration for this topic. Registration for LSPA webinars requires a two-step process. 1) Complete the LSPA registration, and 2) In your LSPA confirmation email, you will receive a link to a Zoom "Webinar Registration". You must also complete this registration in order to receive the webinar link, and reminder emails with course materials. Registration closes 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar.  
Cost: Members $200 | Non-members $350
Instructor: Tony Rodolakis, Associate Risk Assessor, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.(Instructor Biography)

This course has been approved for 4.0 LSP Technical credits (#1558). This course has also been approved by the CT LEP Board for 4.0 CECs (CTLEP-416). This is a repeat course and was previously offered in November 2018.  


Webinar Description: 

This course is designed to introduce LSPs to the concepts and practices for conducting Method 3 Ecological Risk Assessments and developing site-specific risk-based clean-up target values under the MCP. The framework for the course will be the MassDEP risk assessment process and the 2006 Interim Technical Updates.

The course will begin with an explanation of what ecological risk assessment is, its place within the MCP, and its uses and limitations. The course will then describe the process and data needs for conducting a Stage I Environmental Screening, including a discussion of how to select screening level benchmarks.

The second half of the course will focus on developing and executing a Stage II Environmental Risk Characterization, with emphasis on problem formulation and exposure assessment. The Problem Formulation section will include discussion of the important role of the ecological conceptual model. The section on exposure assessment will include discussion of commonly used ecological risk assessment tools including toxicity tests, community surveys, food chain models, and numerical comparisons. The final portion of the course will address how to: determine if a condition of No Significant Risk exists using a weight of evidence approach; derive risk-based clean-up target values and goals for meeting MCP requirements; and document uncertainties.

The course will conclude with a discussion of the emerging contaminant PFAS and how to evaluate it under the MCP.

Questions and answers will be encouraged throughout. To view course description, agenda and instructor biographies, click here.

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