Integrating risks at contaminated sites

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for a number of large sites across the country that were radioactively and chemically contaminated by past nuclear research, development, and production activities. Multiple risk assessments are being conducted for these sites to evaluate current conditions and determine what measures are needed to protect human health and the environment from today through the long term. Integrating the risks associated with multiple contaminants in different environmental media across extensive areas, over time periods that extend beyond 1,000 years, and for a number of different impact categories--from human health and ecological to social and ... continued below

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MacDonell, M.; Habegger, L.; Nieves, L.; Schreiber, Z. & Travis, C. February 17, 2000.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for a number of large sites across the country that were radioactively and chemically contaminated by past nuclear research, development, and production activities. Multiple risk assessments are being conducted for these sites to evaluate current conditions and determine what measures are needed to protect human health and the environment from today through the long term. Integrating the risks associated with multiple contaminants in different environmental media across extensive areas, over time periods that extend beyond 1,000 years, and for a number of different impact categories--from human health and ecological to social and economic--represents a considerable challenge. A central element of these integrated analyses is the ability to reflect key interrelationships among environmental resources and human communities that may be adversely affected by the actions or inactions being considered for a given site. Complicating the already difficult task of integrating many kinds of risk is the importance of reflecting the diverse values and preferences brought to bear by the multiple parties interested in the risk analysis process and outcome. An initial conceptual framework has been developed to provide an organized structure to this risk integration, with the aim of supporting effective environmental management decisions. This paper highlights key issues associated with comprehensive risk integration and offers suggestions developed from preliminary work at a complex DOE site.

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INIS; OSTI as DE00751916

Medium: P; Size: 16 pages

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  • Waste Management 2000 Conference, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/27/2000--03/02/2000

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  • Report No.: ANL/EA/CP-101110
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 751916
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc712127

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MacDonell, M.; Habegger, L.; Nieves, L.; Schreiber, Z. & Travis, C. Integrating risks at contaminated sites, article, February 17, 2000; Argonne, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc712127/: accessed September 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.