Responsive Science: Forging Regulatory Resolution at DOE Sites

April 12, 1999, Washington, DC

New scientific data and technology can release both regulators and regulated entities to explore new approaches to complex or chronic regulatory problems. The resulting collaboration can result in more timely, more cost-effective and protective regulatory compliance requirements. In a word, better risk information can, when it is credible and targeted, facilitate risk-based compliance. This is a major finding of the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation.

This university-based interdisciplinary research effort has generated some key examples of how new risk information is improving the regulatory environment in some specific instances. We want to share the information and the processes it is opening up to help expedite sound remediation at several large DOE sites.

The following presentations and posters, prepared by CRESP researchers, address and are relevant to the role of science in policy making.

Presentations:

Fish Consumption Data and Public Protection at the Savannah River Site

An overview of the SRS fish consumption studies at CRESP and the fish fact sheet development process.

Joanna Burger, Ph.D., Ecological Health Task Group co-leader

Presentation slides

Independent Evaluation of Risk Studies

A review of the characteristics of the CRESP Peer Review Committee and the importance of peer review in regulatory decision-making.

Arthur Upton, M.D., Peer Review Chair

Presentation slides

Improving DOE Worker Health Risk Identification and Protection

A review of the Hanford Beryllium worker exposure studies at CRESP and a discussion of the value of scientific information in risk management.

Elaine M. Faustman, Ph.D, Co-Principal Investgator

Presentation slides

Economic Considerations for EM Policy at DOE Sites

A discussion of the methods, results and conclusions of the SLUDGE Task Group study of the economic impacts of DOE sites on local communities.

Michael Greenberg, Ph.D., SLUDGE Task Group leader

Presentation slides

Defining Achievable Remediation Approaches and Endpoints

A review of the remedial soil studies at SRS and the role of research in the decision factors for identifying remediation endpoints.

Dave Kosson, Ph.D., Remediation Task Group co-leader

Presentation slides

Science and Risk in Cleanup Decision: The Hanford 200 Area

A discussion of the methods, results and conclusions of the SLUDGE Task Group study of the economic impacts of DOE sites on local communities.

Joel Massmann, Ph.D., Remediation Task Group leader

Presentation slides

Can Science Really Foster Better Public Policy Decisions? The Lessons of the CRESP Experience

A synthetic, summary discussion of the need for science in regulatory decision-making, which has as its specific focus the broader applicability of the Savannah River Site IOU for other large sites in the DOE complex.

Charles W. Powers. Ph.D., Executive Director

Presentation slides

Introduction to CRESP and the Challenge of Regulatory Resolution

An overview of the structure, key activities and research focus areas for CRESP.

Bernard Goldstein, M.D., Principal Investigator

Presentation slides

Posters

A New Approach to Assessing Ecological Health: Developing an Index of Biological Integrity with Insects at Hanford

Diana Kimberling, James Karr View poster

Biomonitoring and Bioindicators for Human and Ecological Health

Joanna Burger View poster

CRESP Structure Defined

Charles Powers, Brenna Smith (poster currently unavailable)

Development of Problem Solution: Tools for Bioavailability

Lynne McGrath, Keith Cooper, Kristie Ellickson Blake Hart, Paul Lioy View poster

Long Range Planning for Stewardship at DOE Sites

Karen Lowrie View poster

Mapping Air Polutants at Hanford’s Tank Farms Using Optical Remote Sensing

Ram Hashmonay, Michael Yost, Robert Crampton View poster

Policy Analysis and Clinical Research on Occupational Beryllium Exposure at DOE Sites

Raphael Ponce, Tim Takaro, Scott Bartell, A. Jabbour, Kathy Ertell, John Abbotts, Scott Barnhart, Elaine Faustman View poster

Structure and Function of Occupational Health Services at 10 DOE Sites

Mary Salazar, Tim Takaro, Kath Ertell, Michael Gochfeld, Sally O’Neill, Scott Barnhart View poster

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