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IEAM Call for Papers: Ecological Risk Assessment for PFAS

Monday, April 6, 2020  
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Purpose of Special Series

Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a diverse class of chemicals that have been used for several decades in a wide array of industrial and consumer products, including firefighting foams, anti-stain products for carpet and upholstery, and non-stick cookware. At present, over 5,000 PFAS are on regulatory chemical registration lists. Many PFAS are persistent in the environment and have been found in terrestrial and aquatic biota and all environmental compartments. Several state, national environmental agencies and international organizations recognize PFAS as an emerging contaminant of concern and many have developed criteria that differ in their interpretation of the available ecotoxicological and exposure data.

Scientists and policy-makers recognize the need for a better understanding of methods for assessing the potential for exposure and ecological risks associated with PFAS. Further, approaches are needed to support a science-based framework for conducting site-specific ecological risk assessments in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Thus, guidance from regulatory authorities is needed on approaches to quantitatively assess and manage PFAS risks, a tiered framework to assess PFAS environmental exposure, risk to various species, and a risk characterization approach for invertebrates, plants, fish and wildlife potentially exposed to PFAS.

To promote understanding of best practices for performing ecological risk assessments for PFAS in the environment, IEAM invites short papers describing environmental research and recommendations for performing risk assessments that support environmental cleanup actions and the derivation of regulatory threshold limit values for PFAS in air, soil, and water intended to protect biota. Scientists and professionals are invited to review and comment on the current understanding of ecotoxicological, exposure, risk assessment and risk management knowledge as it applies to current ecological risk assessment practices, guidelines governing PFAS for the protection of non-human biota, and future research needs and the direction of regulation and management of PFAS in the environment. Papers may describe case studies, governmental policies, and science-to-policy assessments. Papers may focus on different aspects of ecological risk assessment of plants, invertebrates, herptiles, fish, birds and mammals at varying spatial scales.

Dates to Remember

  • Commitment to participate: 15 May 2020
  • Anticipated publication: Late 2020

Instructions for Submission

Authors intending to participate in the special series must submit a short abstract to the IEAM Editorial Office at Abstracts must include a tentative title, co-authors and brief description (max. 250 words) of the paper. Upon acceptance, authors will be invited to submit their manuscript as a Brief Communication.

Papers must conform to IEAM author guidelines. Brief Commentaries should not exceed 10 single-sided, double-spaced pages (including text, tables and figures). Papers will be independently peer-reviewed in accordance with IEAM’s double-blind review process. IEAM is published bimonthly and indexed in Journal Citation Reports and SCOPUS. Address inquires to