Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (Integrated Environ Assess Manag)

Publisher: SETAC (Society), Wiley

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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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    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
  • Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10/2015; 11(4). DOI:10.1002/ieam.1684
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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):722-724. DOI:10.1002/ieam.1683
  • Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10/2015; 11(4):724-725. DOI:10.1002/ieam.1685
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    ABSTRACT: As natural resources become increasingly limited, the value of restoring contaminated sites, both terrestrial and aquatic, becomes increasingly apparent. Traditionally, goals for remediation have been set prior to any consideration of goals for ecological restoration. The goals for remediation have focused on removing or limiting contamination while restoration goals have targeted the ultimate end use. Here, we present a framework for developing a comprehensive set of achievable goals for ecological restoration of contaminated sites to be used in concert with determining goals for remediation. This framework was developed during a Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Society of Ecological Restoration co-sponsored workshop that brought together experts from multiple countries. While most members were from North America, this framework is designed for use internationally. We discuss the integration of establishing goals for both contaminant remediation and overall restoration, and the need to include both the restoration of ecological and socio-cultural-economic value in the context of contaminated sites. While recognizing that in some countries there may be regulatory issues associated with contaminants and clean-up, landscape setting and social drivers can inform the restoration goals. We provide a decision tree support tool to guide the establishment of restoration goals for contaminated ecosystems. The overall intent of this decision tree is to provide a framework for goal setting and to identify outcomes achievable given the contamination present at a site. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1709
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    ABSTRACT: Life cycle assessment (LCA) has considerable merit for holistic evaluation of product planning, development, production and disposal with the inherent benefit of providing a forecast of potential health and environmental impacts. However, a technical review of current LCIA methods revealed limitations within the biological effects assessment protocols, including: simplistic assessment approaches and models; an inability to integrate emerging types of toxicity data; a reliance on linear impact assessment models; a lack of methods to mitigate uncertainty; and no explicit consideration of effects in species of concern. The purpose of the present study is to demonstrate that a new concept in toxicological and regulatory assessment, the adverse outcome pathway (AOP), has many useful attributes of potential use to ameliorate many of these problems, to expand data utility and model robustness, and to enable more accurate and defensible biological effects assessments within LCIA. Background, context, and examples have been provided to demonstrate these potential benefits. We additionally propose that these benefits can be most effectively realized through development of quantitative AOPs (qAOPs) crafted to meet the needs of the LCIA framework. As a means to stimulate qAOP research and development in support of LCIA we propose three conceptual classes of qAOP, each with unique inherent attributes for supporting LCIA: (i) mechanistic, including computational toxicology models; (ii) probabilistic, including Bayesian networks and supervised machine learning models; and (iii) weight of evidence, including models built using decision-analytic methods. Overall, we have highlighted a number of potential applications of qAOPs that can refine and add value to LCIA. As the AOP concept and support framework matures, we see the potential for qAOPs to serve a foundational role for next-generation effects characterization within LCIA. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1708
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    ABSTRACT: As a result of the continuous release of new electronic devices, existing electronic devices are quickly made obsolete and rapidly become electronic waste (e-waste). Since e-waste contains a variety of metals, information about those metals with the potential for substantial environmental impact should be provided to manufacturers, recyclers, and disposers to proactively reduce this impact. This study assesses the resource and toxicity (i.e., cancer, non-cancer, and eco-toxicity) potentials of various heavy metals commonly found in e-waste from laptop computers, LCD monitors, LCD TVs, plasma TVs, color CRT TVs, and cell phones and then evaluates such potentials using life cycle impact-based methods. Resource potentials derive primarily from Cu, Sb, Ag, and Pb. Toxicity potentials derive primarily from Pb, Ni, and Hg for cancer toxicity; from Pb, Hg, Zn, and As for non-cancer toxicity; and from Cu, Pb, Hg, and Zn for eco-toxicity. Therefore, managing these heavy metals should be a high priority in the design, recycling, and disposal stages of electronic devices. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1710
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    ABSTRACT: Current risk assessment methods for measuring the toxicity of plant protection products (PPPs) on soil invertebrates use standardised laboratory conditions to determine acute effects on mortality and sublethal effects on reproduction. If an unacceptable risk is identified at the lower tier, population-level effects are assessed using semi-field and field trials at a higher tier because modeling methods for extrapolating available lower tier information to population effects have not yet been implemented. Field trials are expensive, time-consuming and cannot be applied to variable landscape scenarios. Mechanistic modelling of the toxicological effects of PPPs on individuals and their responses combined with simulation of population-level response shows great potential in fulfilling such a need, aiding ecologically informed extrapolation. Here, we introduce and demonstrate the potential of two population models for ubiquitous soil invertebrates (collembolans and earthworms) as refinement options in current risk assessment. Both are spatially explicit agent-based models (ABMs), incorporating individual and landscape variability. The models were used to provide refined risk assessments for different application scenarios of a hypothetical pesticide applied to potato crops (full-field spray onto the soil surface [termed "overall"], in-furrow, and soil-incorporated pesticide applications). In the refined risk assessment, the population models suggest that soil invertebrate populations would likely recover within 1 year following pesticide application regardless of application method. The population modeling for both soil organisms also illustrated that a lower predicted average environmental concentration in soil (PECsoil) could potentially lead to greater effects at the population level depending on the spatial heterogeneity of the pesticide and the behaviour of the soil organisms. Population-level effects of spatial-temporal variations in exposure were elucidated in the refined risk assessment using ABMs and population-level endpoints while yielding outputs that directly address the protection goals. We recommend choosing model outputs that are closely related to specific protection goals, using available toxicity data and accepted fate models to the extent possible in parameterising models to minimise additional data needs, and testing, evaluating and documenting models following recent guidance. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1713
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    ABSTRACT: California's oil platforms are nearing the end of their productive lives, and therefore will be decommissioned in the near future. These structures have been shown to be important habitat for both settlement and growth for reef fishes. Important information on the biological effects (i.e. loss of biomass and production) of different decommissioning options has not yet been explored in detail. An important step in the assessment of these different decommissioning options is to look at the potential loss of fish production and habitat under the different alternatives. Using the large amount of information available on fish abundances at these structures, we have created a model to estimate the standing stock of fishes and production that would be lost due to both partial (removal from surface to 85 ft) and complete removal (the two decommissioning options being considered). Complete removal of a platform will likely eliminate most of its fish biomass, however, this study has shown that for rockfishes, which settle predominantly below 85 feet (26 meters) and move deeper as they age, partial removal through topping would leave more than 90% of the fish biomass at the deeper platforms. Modeling of larval dispersal suggests that platforms provide an important opportunity for recruitment of fish larvae and that many larvae produced near the platforms would settle elsewhere in the region. The results presented here indicate that, even if topped, the potential contribution of platform habitat to biological resources (e.g. fish production) in this region is significant. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1689
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    ABSTRACT: A workshop on Restoration of Impaired Ecosystems was held in Jackson, Wyoming, in June 2014. Experts from Australia, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States in ecotoxicology, restoration, and related fields from both the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the Society for Ecological Restoration convened to advance the practice of restoring ecosystems that have been contaminated or impaired from industrial activities. The overall goal of this workshop was to provide a forum for ecotoxicologists and restoration ecologists to define the best scientific practices to achieve ecological restoration while addressing contaminant concerns. To meet this goal, participants addressed 5 areas: 1) links between ecological risk assessment and ecological restoration, 2) restoration goals, 3) restoration design, 4) monitoring for restoration effectiveness and 5) recognizing opportunities and challenges. Definitions are provided to establish a common language across the varied disciplines. The current practice for addressing restoration of impaired ecosystems tends to be done sequentially to remediate contaminants, then to restore ecological structure and function. A better approach would anticipate or plan for restoration throughout the process. By bringing goals to the forefront, we may avoid intrusive remediation activities that close off options for the desired restoration. Participants realized that perceived limitations in the site assessment process hinder consideration of restoration goals; contaminant presence will influence restoration goal choices; social, economic, and cultural concerns can factor into goal setting; restoration options and design should be considered early during site assessment and management; restoration of both structure and function is encouraged; creative solutions can overcome limitations; a regional focus is imperative; monitoring must occur throughout the restoration process; and reciprocal transfer of knowledge is needed among theorists, practitioners, and stakeholders and among varied disciplines. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2015;X:000–000. ©2015 SETAC
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1687
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    ABSTRACT: This study aims to assess the vulnerability of populations to storm surge flooding in 12 coastal localities of Virginia, U.S.A. Population vulnerability is assessed by way of three physical factors (elevation, slope, and storm surge category), three built-up components (road availability, access to hospitals, and access to shelters), and three household conditions (storm preparedness, financial constraints to recover from severe weather events, and health fragility). Fuzzy analysis is used to generate maps illustrating variation in several types of population vulnerability across the region. When considering physical factors and household conditions, the most vulnerable neighborhoods to sea level rise and storm surge flooding are largely found in urban areas. However, when considering access to critical infrastructure, we find rural residents to be more vulnerable than non-rural residents. These detailed assessments can inform both local and state governments in catastrophic planning. In addition, the methodology may be generalized to assess vulnerability in other coastal corridors and communities. The originality is highlighted by evaluating socioeconomic conditions at refined scale, incorporating a broader range of human perceptions and predispositions, and employing a geoinformatics approach combining physical, built-up and socioeconomic conditions for population vulnerability assessment. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 08/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1705
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    ABSTRACT: In the last decade, there has been renewed interest in approaches for the assessment of the bioaccumulation potential of chemicals, principally driven by the need to evaluate large numbers of chemicals as part of new chemical legislation while reducing vertebrate test organism use called for in animal welfare legislation. This renewed interest has inspired research activities and advances in bioaccumulation science for neutral organic chemicals in aquatic environments. In January 2013, ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute convened experts to identify the state of the science and existing shortcomings in terrestrial bioaccumulation assessment of neutral organic chemicals. Potential modifications to existing laboratory methods were identified, including areas where new laboratory approaches and/or test methods could be developed to address terrestrial bioaccumulation. The utility of "non-ecotoxicity" data (e.g., mammalian laboratory data) was also discussed. The highlights of the workshop discussions are presented along with potential modifications in laboratory approaches and new test guidelines that could be used for assessing the bioaccumulation of chemicals in terrestrial organisms. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 08/2015; DOI:10.1002/ieam.1692