EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB)

Ecological Risk Assessment Approach

EPA Designated Federal Officer (DFO):Thomas Armitage
Responsible Committee/Panel:Ecological Processes and Effects Committee

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Ecological risk assessments have been conducted since the 1980's, and EPA's Guidelines for Ecological Risk Assessment (EPA/630/R095/002F) were published in 1998. Since 1998, the practice of ecological risk assessment has continued to advance. The SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC) has undertaken an activity to evaluate the current state of the practice of ecological risk assessment. The proposed project is intended to address scientific aspects of ecological risk assessment including, but not limited to, approaches for toxic chemicals, habitat modification, multiple stressors, and landscape level assessments.

As part of its evaluation of the state-of-the-practice of ecological risk assessment, the SAB held an Ecological Risk Assessment Workshop on February 7-8, 2007.