Concepts in Peer Reviewed Literature for a Risk-based End States Cleanup Program


A course prepared for the Department of Energy by The Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation II (CRESP II)

Course Objective

This course presented 4 key concepts in risk-based end states cleanup through discussions led by CRESP scientists. Discussion was based on readings from selected peer reviewed scientific literature in the areas of:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Risk Communication
  • Relationship of Risk to Regulation

The course included:

  • A framework or paradigm by which risk concepts can be organized and understood, as applied to contaminated DOE sites.
  • A peer-reviewed literature base that forms the introduction to topics in the framework and provides a foundation for review and discussion of RBES.
  • A review of key concept areas of Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Risk Communication and the Relationship of Risk to regulation as they relate to RBES.

Intended Audience

DOE Headquarter, Site staff and Regulators involved in the Risk-based end state cleanup planning, implementation and communication.This is a basic review course and is geared to a general audience. A technical or scientific background is not required in order to productively participate in this course.

Course Materials

CRESP Report “A Literature Guide supporting the Planning and Implementation of a Risk-based End State Program” (See full text report) including selected peer reviewed articles (Review list of recommended articles).

Course Outline

Session I. An Introduction to Basic Risk Concepts

  • Risk Paradigm for the Presidential/ Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • CRESP Application of Model Applied to Contaminated Sites
  • Whole Risk Paradigm: Outline of key articles

Session II. Risk Assessment

  • Site Characterization
  • Risk Characterization

Session III: Risk Management

  • End State Definition
    • Options Definition
    • Options Selection
  • End State Implementation
    • Remedy Implementation
    • Stewardship

Session IV. Risk Communication and the Relationship of Risk to Regulation

  • Risk Communication
    • Techniques
    • Stakeholder identification and participation
    • Content, timing, Ongoing process
    • Stewardship responsibilities
    • Mapping of sites
  • Relationship of Risk to Regulation
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