Enviro Risk Assessment Is Simpler Than You Think

Law360, New York (July 1, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT) -- A standardized form of risk assessment from chemicals in the environment is routinely performed in Superfund decision-making since the 1980s[1]. Risk assessment is also commonly used in toxic torts.

Although the National Research Council defined risk assessment to have four parts[2] — hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment and risk characterization — risk assessment can be understood more simply as having two parts — exposure analysis and toxicity analysis — to the body and in the body. Many people view risk assessment as a black box and...
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