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SETAC 38th Annual Meeting Abstracts Sought

Posted By Tamara L. Sorell, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Please consider submitting an abstract for our proposed session!  We are especially interested in TRVs for complex organics and emerging contaminants.  There is a similar session focusing on metals so pick the one best suited to your content.

Advances in the Development and Application of Toxicity Reference Values

Track: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management

Chairs: Tamara Sorell, Christopher McCarthy


Tags:  abstract  SETAC North America  TRVs 

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Sediment Risk Management

Posted By Tamara L. Sorell, Friday, February 26, 2016

As we discussed late last year and at the SETAC meeting in Nov., we are kicking off a Work Group under the Sediment Advisory Group (SEDAG) to address the risk management side of things.  A number  of you have previously  expressed an interest in this topic and have been already contacted via e-mail.   I uploaded this  post to SEDAG so I apologize for the duplication if you are subscribed to both.    

I’d like to get this moving and set up a call for March.  There are a variety of aspects we could pursue and I thought once we have a working team we can set up calls, webinars, and surveys to solidify our group objectives.


Possible topics:

·        Establishment of Remedial Action Objectives (qualitative)

·        Development of clean-up goals (quantitative)

·        Integration of risk into remedial alternative/technology evaluation

·        Attainment of long-term risk objectives

·        Establishment of monitoring objectives

·        Development and implementation of monitoring programs


Possible Work Group products:

·        Sponsor/organize SETAC Global meeting sessions and presentations

·        Coordinate or promote sessions with other organizations (SETAC chapters, Battelle sediments, SRA, SWMG, etc.,); in particular an ASTM Task Group for Sediment Corrective Action has kicked off.  I have joined this team and plan to participate remotely.  We should be aware of what they are doing and see if we can dovetail or integrate our activities. 

·        White papers

·        Journal articles

·        Technical guidance (probably a bit ambitious)

·        Workshops

·        What else?

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Sediment Advisory Group Meeting in SLC

Posted By Tamara L. Sorell, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Clarification: "Sediment Management" should be "Sediment Risk Management."  The idea is to use risk to make good remediation and monitoring decisions.

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Sediment Advisory Group Meeting in SLC

Posted By Tamara L. Sorell, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I am forwarding a message from the Sediments Advisory Group about our upcoming meeting.  We would like to start a Sediment Risk Management Workgroup within SEDAG and would welcome participants with a risk assessment background.

Dear SEDAGers;

 SETAC Salt Lake City is less than a week away. For those of you who plan to attend the meeting, this is a reminder that the SEDAG meeting will be held Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 in Room 251F. The agenda for the meeting is listed below. I look forward to seeing you there!


Paul Sibley



 1) Brief update on the years activities - Paul Sibley

2) The spiked sediment initiative (update and focus) - Steve Bay

3) Discussion on the new Sediment Management Workgroup - Tamara Sorell

4) Harmonization of freshwater sediment toxicity methods - Chris Ingersoll

5) New SEDAG chair needed and new SEDAG steering committee members needed

6) Session announcements for SETAC Europe and call for sessions for SETAC 2016 in Orlando.

7) Other?



School of Environmental Sciences

University of Guelph

Guelph, ON

N1G 2W1 Canada


Tags:  risk management  SEDAG  sediment 

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Seeking commnents on development of state remediation ERA guidance

Posted By Bonnie B. Potocki, Wednesday, September 10, 2014

 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.

Tags:  new ecological risk assessment guidance 

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