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Introduction to Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for RCRA/Superfund
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)

This 2.5 day course provides participants with the fundamentals of ecological risk assessment as applied to the RCRA and Superfund cleanup process. This course will also discuss the application of the ecological risk process to other non-chemical stressors. This course is designed to present an introduction of the ecological risk assessment process to Project Managers, On-Scene Coordinators, Risk Assessment Reviewers, and potentially new Risk Assessors working at hazardous waste sites or treatment, storage and disposal facilities. The course assumes little experience with toxicology and risk assessment or knowledge regarding ecological risk assessment guidance.

The course is based on the following EPA documents:

The risk assessment process is presented in an introductory format. The overall goal of the course is for the student to have a good understanding of the ecological risk assessment guidance associated with Hazardous Waste Programs.

Topics include screening level ecological risk assessment; baseline ecological risk assessment preliminary remediation goals; applicable statutes, regulations and guidance; data collection and evaluation; exposure assessment; toxicity assessment; risk characterization; principles of ecological assessment; ecological risk assessment guidance; and ecological data collection methods. Current technical and information resources will also be discussed. 

Instructional methods include lectures, videos, class discussions, and group exercises.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe ecological risk assessment and riskmanagement.
  • Identify the applicable regulations and guidance pertinent to ecological riskassessments at hazardous waste sites.
  • Describe each of the four steps of the risk assessment paradigm.
  • Describe the eight-step process for ecological risk assessment.
  • Identify and describe some of the data collection methods specific to ecological risk assessments.
  • Review an ecological risk assessment.

Continuing Education Units: 1.8


*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.

IMPORTANT NOTICES – Applicable to all ERTP courses :

  1. ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Training location’s availability;
    • COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
    • Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
    • Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
    • Contractual number of available course training slots;
    • EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
    • Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.

    In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
  2. For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.). If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.
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