The ins and outs of using risk assessment in environmental cleanup will be discussed at length July 12 at a technical transfer seminar sponsored by the Environmental Federation of Oklahoma.
"The Risk Assessment Approach to Establishing Cleanup Levels" will be from 8 a.m. to about 5 p.m. at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May Ave.
"We think it's a hot issue right now, something that everyone's talking about, and an issue that hasn't been fully addressed by other seminars and meetings," said James Barnett, an Oklahoma City attorney who is president and general counsel of the federation.
"We see this as becoming the wave of the future on what is going to be happening in these incidents of environmental pollution."
Ron Jarman, chairman of the activities committee, said risk assessment "is becoming increasingly more important to the regulated community as a way to determine site-specific cleanup objectives. The seminar that we're going to have breaks down this highly scientific topic into understandable segments designed to communicate what it is all about."
Jarman is with ENSR Consulting and Engineering Co. in Fort Collins, Colo. He has spent most of his career in Oklahoma, and the company is involved in projects in the state.
The Environmental Federation of Oklahoma is a non-profit organization formed to give Oklahoma companies a choice in the development and implementation of state and federal environmental laws and regulations.
The seminar "will look at the scientific aspects, along with application techniques in using risk assessment to assure the protection of public health and the environment," Jarman said.
Risk assessment is "a scientific exercise which applies laboratory-derived information to determine objectives at contaminated sites to protect public health and the environment," he said. Specifically, it can involve selection of a remediation technique or the determination of the extent of cleanup required. …