Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (Integrated Environ Assess Manag)

Publisher: SETAC (Society), Wiley

Journal description

The second, peer-reviewed, international journal from SETAC. IEAM will be available online and in print and is devoted to bringing together scientifc research and the use of science in decision-making, regulation, and environmental management.

Current impact factor: 1.38

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Website Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management website
Other titles Integrated environmental assessment and management, IEAM
ISSN 1551-3793
OCLC 55964374
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Helen Thompson ·

    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1737
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    ABSTRACT: Contaminated sites in the U.S. undergo remediation and restoration through regulatory programs that lead the two processes through independent but often parallel pathways with different objectives. The objective of remediation is to reduce risk to human health and the environment, whereas that of restoration is to restore injured resources and compensate the public for lost use of the services that natural resources provide. More complex sites, such as those associated with large river systems and urban waterways, have resulted in increasingly larger-scale ecological risk assessments (ERAs) and natural resource damage assessment (NRDAs) that take many years and involve diverse practitioners including scientists, economists, and engineers. Substantial levels of effort are now frequently required, creating a need for more efficient and cost-effective approaches to data collection, analyses, and assessments. Because there are commonalities in the data needs between ERAs and NRDAs, coordination of the design and implementation of site-specific studies that meet the needs of both programs could result in increased efficiency and lower costs. The Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation convened a panel of environmental practitioners from industry, consulting, and regulatory bodies to examine the benefits and challenges associated with coordinating ERA and NRDA activities in the context of a broad range of regulatory programs. This brief communication presents the opinions and conclusions of the panelists on these issues and reports two case studies for which coordinated ERA and NRDA activities produced a positive outcome. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1721
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    ABSTRACT: Field-based studies are an essential component of research addressing the behavior of organic chemicals, and a unique line of evidence that can be used to assess bioaccumulation potential in chemical registration programs and aid in development of associated laboratory and modeling efforts. To aid scientific and regulatory discourse on the application of terrestrial field data in this manner, this paper provides practical recommendations regarding the generation and interpretation of terrestrial field data. Currently, Biota-to-Soil-Accumulation Factors (BSAFs), Biomagnification Factors (BMFs), and Bioaccumulation Factors (BAFs) are the most suitable bioaccumulation metrics that are applicable to bioaccumulation assessment evaluations and able to be generated from terrestrial field studies with relatively low uncertainty. BMFs calculated from field-collected samples of terrestrial carnivores and their prey appear to be particularly robust indicators of bioaccumulation potential. The use of stable isotope ratios for quantification of trophic relationships in terrestrial ecosystems needs to be further developed to resolve uncertainties associated with the calculation of terrestrial Trophic Magnification Factors (TMFs). Sampling efforts for terrestrial field studies should strive for efficiency, and advice on optimization of study sample sizes, practical considerations for obtaining samples, selection of tissues for analysis, and data interpretation is provided. Although there is still much to be learned regarding terrestrial bioaccumulation, these recommendations provide some initial guidance to the present application of terrestrial field data as a line of evidence in the assessment of chemical bioaccumulation potential and a resource to inform laboratory and modelling efforts. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1717
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    ABSTRACT: Polymeric passive samplers have become a common method for estimating freely-dissolved concentration in environmental media. However, this approach has not yet been adopted by investigators conducting remedial investigation of contaminated environmental sites. Successful adoption of this sampling methodology relies on relaying an understanding of how passive samplers accumulate chemical mass as well as developing guidance for the design and deployment of passive samplers. Herein, we outline the development of a simple mathematical relationship of the environmental, polymer, and chemical properties that control the uptake rate. This relationship, called a timescale, is then used to illustrate how each property controls the rate of equilibration in samplers deployed in the water or in the sediment. Guidance is also given on how to use the timescales to select an appropriate polymer, deployment time, and suite of performance reference compounds (PRCs). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1697
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    ABSTRACT: The freshwater Anacostia River watershed (MD, DC, USA) was surveyed for the sources of bioavailable EPA Priority Pollutants and toxic metals by active biomontoring (ABM) using the freshwater Asiatic clam Corbicula fluminea. The Anacostia River is a 456km(2) tributary of the tidal freshwater Potomac River that includes the city of Washington DC where edible fish are highly contaminated with PCBs and chlordane. From 1999 to 2011 Corbicula were collected for ABM from a Potomac reference site and translocated in cages placed at 45 sites in the tidal and nontidal Anacostia watershed. Minimum clam mortality and maximum contaminant bioaccumulation was with two-week translocation. The clam tissues (28-50) were combined at sites and analyzed by TestAmerica for 66 EPA Priority Pollutants plus technical chlordane, benz(e)pyrene and six metals (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Pb). Tissue contaminants reflected water, not sediment, levels. To compare sites all contaminant data above detection or reference were grouped as Total Metals (TMET) Total Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (TPAH), Total PCB congeners (TPCB), Total Pesticides (TPEST) and Total Technical Chlordane (TCHL). Tidal Anacostia ABM found highest TPAH and TCHL upstream at Bladensburg Marina (MD) except for TCHL at site PP near the confluence. Five nontidal MD subtributaries (94% of flow) had 17 sites with bioavailable TPAH, TPCB or TCHL two to five times higher than found at the toxic-sediment "hotspots" near Washington. The only TMET noted was Fe at one site. TPAH in MD subtributaries was highest near industrial parks and Metro stations. A napthalene spill was detected in Watts Branch. TPCB (low-molecular-weight) originated upstream at one industrial park. TCHL (80% of TPEST) was two to five times the USFDA action in four nontidal tributaries where heptachlor indicated legacy chlordane dumpsites. TCHL fell to reference below a stormwater pond, suggesting transport via suspended sediment. Controlling the formation and movement of contaminated TSS in MD should enable the uncontaminated-sediment capping of Washington DC's toxic-sediment "hot-spots" that are presently considered responsible for fish contamination. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1701
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    ABSTRACT: Concern about the potential environmental impact of pharmaceutical residues in the aquatic environment was first expressed over 30 years ago. It is therefore surprising that there is still so little current regulation requiring environmental risk assessments to be undertaken on human pharmaceuticals. Particularly in view of the rapid development in legislation, that has taken place in many parts of the world during this period, requiring environmental risk assessments for industrial chemicals, agrochemicals and biocides. This review examines the existing regulations together with proposals being considered elsewhere. It identifies problems and inconsistencies and makes recommendations for changes that might produce a more effective and efficient system. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1699
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    ABSTRACT: PAHs are major drivers of risk at many urban/industrialized sediment sites. The USEPA currently recommends using measurements of 18 parent + 16 groups of alkylated PAHs (PAH-34) to assess the potential for sediment-bound PAHs to impact benthic organisms at these sites. ASTM Method D7363-13 was developed to directly measure low-level sediment pore water PAH concentrations. These concentrations are then compared to ambient water criteria (final chronic values - FCVs) to assess the potential for impact to benthic organisms. The inter-laboratory validation study that was used to finalize ASTM D7363-13 was developed using 24 of the 2-, 3-, and 4-ring PAHs (PAH-24) that are included in the USEPA PAH-34 analyte list. However, it is the responsibility of the user of ASTM Method D7363 to establish a test method to quantify the remaining 10 higher molecular weight PAHs which make up PAH-34. These higher molecular weight PAHs exhibit extremely low saturation solubilities that make their detection difficult in pore water, which has proven difficult to implement in a contract laboratory setting. As a result, commercial laboratories are hesitant to conduct the method on the entire PAH-34 analyte list. This paper presents a statistical comparison of the ability of the PAH-24 and PAH-34 pore water results to predict survival of the freshwater amphipod Hyalella azteca, using the original 269 sediment samples used to gain ASTM D7363 Method approval. The statistical analysis shows that the PAH-24 are statistically indistinguishable from the PAH-34 for predicting toxicity. These results indicate that the analysis of freely-dissolved pore water PAH-24 is sufficient for making risk-based decisions based on benthic invertebrate toxicity (survival and growth). This reduced target analyte list should result in a cost saving for stakeholders and broader implementation of the method at PAH-impacted sediment sites. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1700

  • Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10/2015; 11(4). DOI:10.1002/ieam.1684
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    ABSTRACT: To assess nickel (Ni) toxicity and behavior in freshwater sediments, a large-scale laboratory and field sediment testing program was conducted. The program used an integrative testing strategy to generate scientifically based threshold values for Ni in sediments and to develop integrated equilibrium-partitioning based bioavailability models for assessing risks of Ni to benthic ecosystems. The sediment testing program was a multi-institutional collaboration that involved extensive laboratory testing, field validation of laboratory findings, characterization of Ni behavior in natural and laboratory conditions, and examination of solid phase Ni speciation in sediments. The laboratory testing initiative was conducted in three phases to satisfy the following objectives: 1) evaluate various methods for spiking sediments with Ni to optimize the relevance of sediment Ni exposures; 2) generate reliable ecotoxicity data by conducting standardized chronic ecotoxicity tests using nine benthic species in sediments with low and high Ni binding capacity; and, 3) examine sediment bioavailability relationships by conducting chronic ecotoxicity testing in sediments that showed broad ranges of acid volatile sulphides, organic carbon, and iron. A subset of six Ni-spiked sediments was deployed in the field to examine benthic colonization and community effects. The sediment testing program yielded a broad, high quality dataset which was used to develop a Species Sensitivity Distribution for benthic organisms in various sediment types, a reasonable worst case Predicted No-Effect Concentration for Ni in sediment (PNECsediment), and predictive models for bioavailability and toxicity of Ni in freshwater sediments. A bioavailability-based approach was developed using the ecotoxicity data and bioavailability models generated through the research program. The tiered approach can be used to fulfil the outstanding obligations under the EU Existing substances RA, EU REACH, and other global regulatory initiatives. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1720