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Evaluating and Integrating Cumulative Environmental Impacts in Superfund Human Health Risk Assessments 

Live Webinar: Tuesday, July 23, 2024, 3:00PM-4:30PM EDT (19:00-20:30 GMT)

Sponsored by: U.S. EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management

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Superfund uses a risk-based decision framework to assess and manage human exposure to a release and the threat of a release in the environment from pollutants and contaminants. The risk assessment process quantifies the baseline risk from route of exposure (e.g., inhalation, ingestion, etc.) and the toxicity (e.g., cancer and noncancer). Furthermore, when information such as toxicity is not available, the risk assessment may provide a qualitative assessment to inform the risk manager towards a protective remedy. An important aspect is identifying at-risk populations that may be more susceptible to adverse health outcomes due to their vulnerability and sensitivity (e.g., children). However, Superfund has not issued national guidance on how to incorporate or consider concurrent exposure to factors such as psychosocial stress, racial/minority status, low-income and food insecurity, which have been shown to modify risks from chemical releases for at-risk communities. Executive Order 12898 requires EPA to identify and address, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies and activity on minority and low-income populations to the greatest extent possible. This webinar will provide an overview of the following topics: superfund risk assessment, chemical stressors, non-chemical stressors, Environmental Justice, screening tools, and superfund site case studies.  

Michele Burgess, U.S. EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) (Burgess.Michele@epa.gov or 202-566-1061)


Davis Recht, Virtual Student Federal Service Internship Program, U.S. EPA; Vanderbilt University & Yale's School of the Environment 


Mytam Le, Virtual Student Federal Service internship Program, U.S. EPA; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Moderator:

A photograph of Renan HavillRenan Havill, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (havill.renan@epa.gov or 703-615-7735)
Renan works in the Technology Integration and Information Branch of the Technology Innovation and Field Services Division at EPA Headquarters. He supports the CERCLA Education Center and Clean Up Information Network webinars where institutional knowledge is preserved and new clean up technology is disseminated. He leads webinar series that inform regional Superfund staff of EPA Headquarters resources and manages collaborative tools developed. Renan holds a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Science from Indiana University and a Master's of Science in Biomedical Engineering from George Washington University. He worked as a supervisory laboratory technician in a medical diagnostics lab prior to joining the EPA.


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This seminar will be delivered through Zoom. Participants are encouraged to update to the latest version of the Zoom application for the best experience. If you are unable to install the Zoom application, most functions will be available if you join just using a modern web browser such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox. We strongly encourage you to run the Zoom Meeting Test prior to attending this seminar. Technical support on the day of the seminar will be very limited and subject to significant delays.

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It is EPA's policy to make reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities wishing to participate in the agency's programs and activities, pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 791. Any request for accommodation should be made to Michele Burgess at 202-566-1061 or Burgess.Michele@epa.gov, preferably one week or more in advance of the seminar, so that EPA will have sufficient time to process the request. EPA would welcome specific recommendations from requestors specifying the nature or type of accommodation needed. EPA welcomes specific recommendations from requestors specifying the nature or type of accommodation needed. Please note that CLU-IN provides both alternate phone call-in options and closed captioning for all webinars, and requests for these specific accommodations are not necessary.



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Rehabilitation Act Notice for Reasonable Accommodation

It is EPA's policy to make reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities wishing to participate in the agency's programs and activities, pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 791. Any request for accommodation should be made to Michele Burgess at 202-566-1061 or Burgess.Michele@epa.gov, preferably one week or more in advance of the webinar, so that EPA will have sufficient time to process the request. EPA would welcome specific recommendations from requestors specifying the nature or type of accommodation needed. EPA welcomes specific recommendations from requestors specifying the nature or type of accommodation needed. Please note that CLU-IN provides both alternate phone call-in options and closed captioning for all webinars, and requests for these specific accommodations are not necessary.

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