Course Description

Understanding the Approach and Strategy in Performing ERA's
Course ID: 
REM-405
Category: 
Remediation / Toxicology
Continuing Education Units: 
1.20CEUs
Description: 

In this 2-day course, attendees will learn and review both the technical and regulatory approaches to completing ecological risk assessments. Participants will come away with an understanding of the planning and preparation process for the completion of an ERA, including data development needs, selection of endpoints, and the development of lines of evidence. Understanding the topics covered will give attendees the ability to accurately assess the potential for ecological risk, which is paramount to the remedial decision-making process. In today’s environmental project planning, this can make the difference between the success or failure of a recommended action or approach.

During the course, attendees will examine the development of ERAs in both aquatic and terrestrial settings, and will receive a broad overview of the ecological risk assessment (ERA) process as it is used in evaluating potential environmental risks and liabilities associated with hazardous waste sites. Emphasis will be placed on providing a hands-on understanding of ecological risk assessment using the basic ERA paradigm as outlined in USEPA’s Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund (ERAGS). Case studies and active engagement with the attendees will be used to reinforce the points presented in lecture.

"Would be great for project managers to understand the work being done on the site, especially minesites."  Jennifer H. Nov 2015

"Very knowledgable instructor…[liked] case studies and field trip." N. Bland, July 31-Aug.1, 2013

"The information was presented/taught very well.  I have a better understanding of ERA's.  I am very impressed with the course." C. Marchand, September 2013

"The instructor was great! He was very knowledgable of the subject and explained it well.  Very Helpful – even for someone involved in a ERA for the last four years." C. Marchand, September 2013

*Reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes, government employees, nonprofits, students and AFS, NAEP, NEBC, TAEP members.

You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at (425) 270-3274. Online registration is strongly encouraged.

Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements.

Course Materials: 

Attendees will receive a course manual containing workshop proceedings and reference material.

Intended Audience: 

This course is intended for environmental professionals including, but not limited to government and contractor personnel involved in site cleanup, environmental consultants, environmental lawyers, engineers, remedial managers, and environmental students.

More Information

Course Topics

  • Regulatory requirements
  • General overview of ecological risk assessment
  • Review of the 8-step ERAGS process
  • Regional and/or state approaches and perspectives
  • Problem formulation
  • Conceptual site models
  • Characterization of exposure
  • Characterization of ecological effects
  • Risk characterization
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Special circumstances
  • Conclusion

 

 

What to Bring

Pen or pencil to take notes.  Lunch will be on your own but drinks and snacks will be provided throughout each day. 

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel

Cancellations*

  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available


*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

Disability Accommodations

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