The Final Report titled “Evaluation of Risk-Based Decision Making” prepared by CDM Smith, dated August 29, 2014 is now available. The report was prepared in accordance with Section 28 of Public Act 13-308, passed on July 12, 2013, charging the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), in consultation with the Department of Public Health (DPH), to evaluate the risk-based decision making processes related to the remediation of contaminated sites in Connecticut.
Within the Final Report, it states that "DEEP has two DRAFT documents under development: A DRAFT Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance, Connecticut Department of Energy and
Environmental Protection; and Connecticut DEEP Screening Level Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance Document, DRAFT DOCUMENT."
These documents have been developed internally within CTDEEP with no public or science advisory input. Therefore, I kindly request my fellow SETAC group members to provide examples of ERA guidance that have been developed state voluntary programs and have included stakeholder involvement.
DEEP is seeking public input on the findings and suggestions contained in the report. A public comment period will remain open until September 30, 2014. Written comments may be submitted via email to Ms. Cheryl Chase, Director of the DEEP’s Inland Water Resources Division, at Cheryl.Chase@ct.gov. After evaluation of the CDM Smith report and consideration of all comments received, DEEP will be preparing recommendations for statutory and regulatory changes to the risk-based decision making process.