1,209 results match your criteria Integrated environmental assessment and management[Journal]


Compartment-Specific Screening Tools for Persistence - Potential Role and Application in the Regulatory Context.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 14. Epub 2019 Jan 14.

UFZ Department of Ecological Chemistry, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany.

The persistence assessment under REACH relies on compartment-specific degradation half-lives derived from laboratory simulation studies with surface water, aquatic sediment or soil. Although these data are given priority, they are not available for most of the compounds. Therefore, according to the Integrated Assessment and Testing Strategy (ITS) for persistence assessment, results from ready biodegradability tests (RBTs) are used within a persistence screening to decide whether a substance is considered as "not persistent" or "potentially persistent". Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4125DOI Listing
January 2019

Comparison of Temperate and Tropical Freshwater Species' Acute Sensitivities to Chemicals: An Update.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 9. Epub 2019 Jan 9.

The Swire Institute of Marine Science and School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, China.

Toxicity data for tropical species are often lacking for deriving water quality guidelines (WQGs) and for conducting ecological risk assessment (ERA). To protect and safeguard valuable natural resources and important biodiversity in tropical freshwater ecosystems, a sound framework should be established to assess and manage the ecological risk of an ever-increasing number of chemicals that occur in the tropics. The present study aims to provide a more up-to-date comparison of the species sensitivity distributions (SSDs) between temperate and tropical freshwater species, by incorporating more acute toxicity data which have been documented. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4122DOI Listing
January 2019
4 Reads

Important Considerations in the Derivation of Background at Sediment Sites.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 9. Epub 2019 Jan 9.

The Dow Chemical Company Environmental Remediation & Restoration, 1790 Building, Midland, Michigan, 48667.

In the United States, there is an absence of federal guidance related to deriving and applying background concentrations at contaminated sediment sites. This has resulted in significant variability, uncertainty, and disagreement regarding how representative background concentrations of chemicals of concern should be derived for these sites. This article discusses important considerations in the derivation of representative background concentrations to be used in the evaluation of contaminated sediment sites. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4124DOI Listing
January 2019

Toxicity studies used in REACH - How accurately are they reported?

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 9. Epub 2019 Jan 9.

Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.

Toxicity studies on chemicals registered under REACH are provided as summaries instead of submitting a full study report. Since the registration data are used by regulatory agencies to identify chemicals of concern, the study summaries must accurately reflect the information in studies. A "study summary" should include sufficient information on the objectives, methods, results and conclusions in the full study report to determine the relevance of the study. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4123DOI Listing
January 2019

An analysis of potential bias in the sensitivity of toxicity data used to construct sensitivity distributions for copper.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 4. Epub 2019 Jan 4.

European Copper Institute, Avenue de Tervueren 168 b-10, 1150 Brussels, Belgium.

Since the mid-1970 s, thousands of studies have evaluated the toxicity of various chemicals to aquatic organisms. Results from many of these studies have been used to develop species sensitivity distributions (SSDs) or genus sensitivity distributions (GSDs) for deriving water quality guidelines. Recently, there has been more emphasis on evaluating the toxicity of chemicals to sensitive organisms rather than the entire range of sensitivities. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ieam.4117
Publisher Site
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4117DOI Listing
January 2019
1 Read

Scientific Integrity Issues in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry: improving research reproducibility, credibility, and transparency.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 4. Epub 2019 Jan 4.

Gradient, Cambridge, MA, USA.

High profile reports of detrimental scientific practices leading to retractions in the scientific literature contribute to lack of trust in scientific experts. While the bulk of these have been in the literature of other disciplines, environmental toxicology and chemistry are not free from problems. While we believe that egregious misconduct such as fraud, fabrication of data, or plagiarism is rare, scientific integrity is much broader than the absence of misconduct. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4119DOI Listing
January 2019
1 Read

Multiple approaches to surface water quality assessment provide insight for small streams experiencing oil and natural gas development.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 3. Epub 2019 Jan 3.

U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia Environmental Research Center, 4200 New Haven Road, Columbia, MO, 65201, USA.

Historic, current, and future oil and natural gas development can affect water quality in streams flowing through developed areas. We compared small stream drainages in a semi-arid landscape with varying amounts of disturbance from oil and natural gas development to examine potential effects of this development on surface water quality. We used physical, chemical, and biological approaches to assess water quality and found several potential avenues of degradation. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4118DOI Listing
January 2019

Learned Discourses: Timely Scientific Opinions.

Authors:

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan;15(1):160

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4114DOI Listing
January 2019

Integrated wastewater management: The future of water reuse in large metropolitan areas.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan;15(1):160-163

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis, California, USA.

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4103DOI Listing
January 2019

Demographics near waste-to-energy plants: Poverty-level changes from 2000 to 2015.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan;15(1):163-164

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ieam.4110
Publisher Site
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4110DOI Listing
January 2019
2 Reads

SETAC journals adopt double-blind peer review.

Authors:
Charles Menzie

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan;15(1):4-5

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4105DOI Listing
January 2019

Comparative assessment of the intrinsic sensitivity of crop species and wild plant species to plant protection products and their active substances, and potential implications for the risk assessment - A literature review.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

tier3 solutions GmbH, Kolberger Str. 61-63, D-51381 Leverkusen, Germany.

A comprehensive critical review was undertaken aiming to compare the intrinsic sensitivity of terrestrial plant species (crop species and non-crop wild species) using published literature and unpublished proprietary data generated for the registration of plant protection products (PPPs), and a database was compiled. Data were assessed in order to answer the question whether crops differ from non-crop plants in their intrinsic sensitivity to PPPs. Endpoints were assessed considering further potentially relevant parameters by means of different methods, including a quotient approach, where overall crop-endpoints were divided by matching wild species endpoints. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4115DOI Listing
December 2018

Assessing the population relevance of endocrine disrupting effects for non-target vertebrates exposed to plant protection products.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Corteva AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPontTM, 3B Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RN, UK.

The European Commission intends to protect vertebrate wildlife populations by regulating Plant Protection Product (PPP) active substances that have endocrine disrupting properties with a hazard-based approach. In this paper we consider how the Commission's hazard-based Regulation and accompanying Guidance can be operationalised to ensure that a technically robust process is used to distinguish between substances with adverse population level effects and those for which it can be demonstrated that adverse effects observed (typically in the laboratory) do not translate into adverse effects at the population level. Our approach is to use population models within the adverse outcome pathway framework to link the non-linear relationship between adverse effects at the individual and population levels in the following way: (1) Use Specific Protection Goals for focal wildlife populations within an ecosystem services framework; (2) Model the effects of changes in population-related inputs on focal species populations using individual-based population models to determine thresholds between negligible and non-negligible (i. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4113DOI Listing
December 2018
2 Reads

Selecting appropriate focal species for assessing the risk to birds from newly drilled pesticide-treated winter cereal fields in France.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Dec 4. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Bayer AG, CropScience Division, Alfred-Nobel-Str. 50, 40789 Monheim-am-Rhein, Germany.

Identifying focal bird species appropriate to the situation in which a plant protection product is used is important for refined risk assessment (EFSA, 2009). We analysed the results of extensive field observations of newly-drilled cereal fields in France in autumn over two seasons to determine real bird focal species. In 2011, birds were observed, before and after drilling, on wheat and barley fields drilled with imidacloprid treated seeds (i. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ieam.4112
Publisher Site
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4112DOI Listing
December 2018
2 Reads

Socio-Environmental Vulnerability Mapping for Environmental and Flood Resilience Assessment: The Case of Ageing and Poverty in the City of Wrocław, Poland.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep;14(5):592-597

Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Geodesy, Department of Spatial Economy, Poland.

The phenomena of urbanization and climate change interact with the growing number of older people living in cities. One of the effects of climate change is an increased riverine flooding hazard, and when floods occur this has a severe impact on human lives and comes with vast economic losses. Flood resilience management procedures should be supported by a combination of complex social and environmental vulnerability assessments. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4077DOI Listing
September 2018
1 Read

Ecosystem Resilience on Human Terms.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep;14(5):598-600

Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE), Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Linked socioecological systems consist of economies in societies in nature and make explicit the relationship between the natural environment and human well-being using the language of ecosystem services. A growth-based economy within a constrained biophysical planet (e.g. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4073DOI Listing
September 2018
1 Read

The Concept of Resilience in Ecological Risk Assessment: Scientific and Regulatory Issues.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep;14(5):581-585

IMDEA Water Institute, Science and Technology Campus of the University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain.

Resilience represents one of the key components of the vulnerability of ecological systems and may refer to different levels of biological organization, from populations to the biosphere. A short description is given on the concept of resilience applied to the levels that are directly involved in ecological risk assessment (ERA): populations, communities, and ecosystems. The opportunities and challenges for measuring and quantifying resilience are discussed. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4080DOI Listing
September 2018
5 Reads

On the Role of Protocol-Driven Resilience in Coupled Infrastructure and Natural System Resilience.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep;14(5):578-580

Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA.

Lifeline infrastructure systems have always been crucial to the social, economic, and military security of societies. Because lifeline systems are critical to societal coherence and economic operations, assessing and mitigating risks to lifeline system operations is crucial. However, attention has shifted from risk assessment to resilience assessment due to the exceptionally large adaptation and mitigation needs implied by the geographic and temporal scope of natural and man-made hazards. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4074DOI Listing
September 2018

The Environmental Impact of Electricity Generation: Agent-Based Modeling of Residential Solar Adoption.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep;14(5):660-663

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4081DOI Listing
September 2018

Ecological Recovery and Resilience in Environmental Risk Assessments at the European Food Safety Authority.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep;14(5):586-591

Working group on the overarching elements of environmental risk assessment (recovery) of the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Authority.

A conceptual framework was developed by a working group of the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to guide risk assessors and risk managers on when and how to integrate ecological recovery and resilience assessments into environmental risk assessments (ERA). In this commentary we advocate that a systems approach is required to integrate the diversity of ecosystem services (ES) providing units, environmental factors, scales, and stressor-related responses necessary to address the context dependency of recovery and resilience in agricultural landscapes. A future challenge in the resilience assessment remains to identify the relevant bundles of ecosystem services provided by different types of agroecosystem that need to be assessed in concert. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4079DOI Listing
September 2018

Integrating Resilience Assessment in Environmental Impact Assessment.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep;14(5):567-570

Research Group Climate Change and Security, Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg, Germany.

It has become important in the fields of environmental impact assessment (EIA) and resilience assessment that both disciplines begin to be considered together as complementary approaches aimed at achieving the same goals. There is a great advantage to combining the EIA methodology with a synergetic concept such as resilience, and thereby contributing to a more insightful and effective EIA process. A comprehensive approach is vital for effective assessment and management of environmental impacts and to support better decision making with regard to different planned interventions and socioecological systems. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4075DOI Listing
September 2018

Learned Discourses: Timely Scientific Opinions.

Authors:

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep;14(5):660-663

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4087DOI Listing
September 2018

Can Resilience Thinking Be Integrated into the Strategic Environmental Assessment Process?

Authors:
Mike Jones

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep;14(5):571-577

Swedish Biodiversity Centre, Uppsala, Sweden.

This commentary discusses strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in the context of global environmental change and presents a brief overview of the science of social-ecological systems and the resilience thinking and practices that result from it. Resilience thinking and assessment have the potential to make a significant contribution to SEA, if SEA is applied (as intended) as a proactive tool for assessing development sustainability during the process of making plans, policies, and programs. So far, there is little indication that social-ecological system (SES) resilience ideas are being applied to SEA, and from a complex systems perspective, it seems that cognitive and social biases may be the primary barriers to both the improvement of SEA practice and the application of SES resilience science to SEA practice. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4076DOI Listing
September 2018
5 Reads

CAN'T FIND THE RHYTHM.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep;14(5):660-663

Department of Biology, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA.

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4065DOI Listing
September 2018

Secrets in Science?

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep;14(5):535-536

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Publications Manager, Pensacola, Florida, USA.

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4072DOI Listing
September 2018

How in silico and QSAR approaches can increase confidence in environmental hazard and risk assessment.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan;15(1):40-50

KREATiS SAS, L'Isle D'Abeau, France.

In silico methods are typically underrated in the current risk assessment paradigm, as evidenced by the recent document from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on animal alternatives, in which quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSARs) were practically used only as a last resort. Their primary use is still to provide supporting evidence for read-across strategies or to add credence to experimental results of unknown or limited validity (old studies, studies without good laboratory practices [GLPs], limited information reported, etc.) in hazard assessment, but under the pressure of increasing burdens of testing, industry and regulators alike are at last warming to them. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4108DOI Listing
January 2019

Long-lasting insecticide-treated nets: A new integrated pest management approach for Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Nov 17. Epub 2018 Nov 17.

CREA Research Centre for Plant Protection and Certification, Firenze, Italy.

The Japanese beetle Popillia japonica Newman is a US and EU quarantine insect pest that has recently invaded northern Italy. Its ability to rapidly spread in new areas makes this insect a threat to agriculture. In the last decades, several trials on biological control of the Japanese beetle by entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi have been carried out with variable efficacy. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4107DOI Listing
November 2018

Acceptable-by-design QSARs to predict the dietary biomagnification of organic chemicals in fish.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 18;15(1):51-63. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

IMDEA Water Institute, Alcalà de Henares, Madrid, Spain.

This work presents the first-time QSAR approach to predict the laboratory-based fish biomagnification factor (BMF) of organic chemicals, to be used as a supporting tool for assessing bioaccumulation at the regulatory level. The developed strategy is based on 2 levels of prediction, with a varying trade-off between interpretability and performance according to the user's needs. We designed our models to be intrinsically acceptable at the regulatory level (in what we defined as "acceptable-by-design" strategy), by (i) complying with OECD principles directly in the approach development phase, (ii) choosing easy-to-apply modeling techniques, (iii) preferring simple descriptors when possible, and (iv) striving to provide data-driven mechanistic insights. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ieam.4106
Publisher Site
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4106DOI Listing
January 2019
5 Reads

Using spatial and temporal variability data to optimize sediment toxicity identification evaluation (TIE) study designs.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Oct 29. Epub 2018 Oct 29.

Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, Costa Mesa, California, USA.

Toxicity tests are an important aspect of sediment quality assessments, but knowledge of the cause of toxicity is needed to determine effective management actions. Toxicity identification evaluation (TIE) methods were developed to meet this need. While TIE method manuals provide information on the procedures, little information on study design is presented. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ieam.4104
Publisher Site
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4104DOI Listing
October 2018
3 Reads

Considering the Values Stakeholders Wish to Sustain in Decision Making.

Authors:
Sabine E Apitz

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Nov;14(6):670-671

SEA Environmental Decisions Ltd, Little Hadham, UK.

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ieam.4097
Publisher Site
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4097DOI Listing
November 2018
3 Reads

Practical advice for selecting or determining trophic magnification factors for application under the European Union Water Framework Directive.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Oct 9. Epub 2018 Oct 9.

Health and Environmental Sciences Institute, Washington, DC, USA.

European Union Directive 2013/39/EU, which amended and updated the Water Framework Directive (WFD; 2000/60/EC) and its daughter directive (2008/105/EC), sets Environmental Quality Standards for biota (EQS ) for a number of bioaccumulative chemicals. These chemicals pose a threat to both aquatic wildlife and human health via the consumption of contaminated prey or the intake of contaminated food originating from the aquatic environment. EU member states will need to establish programs to monitor the concentration of 11 priority substances in biota and assess compliance against these new standards for the classification of surface water bodies. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4102DOI Listing
October 2018
2 Reads

Using voluntary agreements to exclude stock from waterways: An evaluation of project success and persistence.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Sep 26. Epub 2018 Sep 26.

School of Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

Agriculture is one of the major drivers of ecological degradation in river basins. Excluding stock (cows and sheep) from grazing riverbanks and accessing rivers is one of the most common river restoration activities. To be effective, stock exclusion must be maintained indefinitely. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4099DOI Listing
September 2018
1 Read

Evaluating the ecosystem services and benefits of wetland restoration by use of the rapid benefit indicators approach.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 14;15(1):148-159. Epub 2018 Nov 14.

Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Wetlands in urban and urbanizing areas are often smaller, more degraded, and subject to more stressors than those in undeveloped locations. Their restored level of functioning may never equal that of a site in an undisturbed landscape. Yet, the social benefits from restoring these wetlands may be significant because of the relative scarcity of wetlands and natural areas in urban settings and also the large number of people who may benefit. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4101DOI Listing
January 2019

Modeling pharmaceutical emissions and their toxicity-related effects in life cycle assessment (LCA): A review.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 14;15(1):6-18. Epub 2018 Nov 14.

Department of Environmental Technology, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Over the last few decades, worldwide detection of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in aquatic environments and the associated toxicological effects on wildlife and human health have become a matter of public and scientific debate. While life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) models are increasingly used to assess the potential eco- and human-toxicological effects of chemical emissions, few studies have looked into the issue of modeling pharmaceutical emissions specifically and their toxicity-related effects in an LCA context. This paper reviews the state of the art to inventory and characterize API emissions in LCA with the goal to identify relevant gaps and challenges. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4100DOI Listing
January 2019
2 Reads

Integrating laboratory and field studies to assess impacts of discharge from a uranium mine and validate a water quality guideline value for magnesium.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 26;15(1):64-76. Epub 2018 Oct 26.

Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist, Darwin, Australia.

Magnesium (Mg) is a primary contaminant in mine water discharges from the Ranger Uranium Mine (north Australia). Site-specific water quality guideline values (WQGVs) for Mg have been derived from laboratory and field studies. Contaminated groundwater with elevated electrical conductivity and metals (Mg, Mn, U, SO , and Ca) was detected flowing from the mine site into adjacent surface waters. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4098DOI Listing
January 2019
1 Read

Risk-based approach in the revised European Union drinking water legislation: Opportunities for bioanalytical tools.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 9;15(1):126-134. Epub 2018 Oct 9.

KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands.

A plethora of in vitro bioassays are developed in the context of chemical risk assessment and clinical diagnostics to test effects on different biological processes. Such assays can also be implemented in effect-based monitoring (EBM) of (drinking) water quality alongside chemical analyses. Effects-based monitoring can provide insight into risks for the environment and human health associated with exposure to (unknown) complex, low-level mixtures of micropollutants, which fits in the risk-based approach that was recently introduced in the European Drinking Water Directive. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ieam.4096
Publisher Site
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4096DOI Listing
January 2019
1 Read

Assessment of chronic low-dose elemental and radiological exposures of biota at the Kanab North uranium mine site in the Grand Canyon watershed.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 27;15(1):112-125. Epub 2018 Sep 27.

US Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin.

High-grade U ore deposits are in various stages of exploitation across the Grand Canyon watershed, yet the effects of U mining on ecological and cultural resources are largely unknown. We characterized the concentrations of Al, As, Bi, Cd, Co, Cu, Fe, Pb, Hg, Mo, Ni, Se, Ag, Tl, Th, U, and Zn, gross alpha and beta activities, and U and Th radioisotopes in soil, vegetation (Hesperostipa comata, Artemisia tridentata, Tamarix chinensis), and rodents (Peromyscus maniculatus, P. boylii) to waste material at the Kanab North mine, a mine with decades-long surficial contamination, and compared the concentrations (P < 0. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ieam.4095
Publisher Site
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4095DOI Listing
January 2019
4 Reads

Advancing alternatives assessment for safer chemical substitution: A research and practice agenda.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Aug 17. Epub 2018 Aug 17.

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA.

Alternatives assessment has emerged as a science policy field that supports the evaluation and adoption of safer chemistries in manufacturing processes and consumer products. The recent surge in the development and practice of alternatives assessment has revealed notable methodological challenges. Spurred by this need, we convened an informal community of practice comprising industry experts, academics, and scientists within government and nongovernmental organizations to prioritize a research and practice agenda for the next 5 years that, if implemented, would significantly advance the field of alternatives assessment. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4094DOI Listing
August 2018
1 Read

Using Bayesian networks to predict risk to estuary water quality and patterns of benthic environmental DNA in Queensland.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 4;15(1):93-111. Epub 2018 Oct 4.

Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, USA.

Predictive modeling can inform natural resource management by representing stressor-response pathways in a logical way and quantifying the effects on selected endpoints. This study demonstrates a risk assessment model using the Bayesian network relative risk model (BN-RRM) approach to predict water quality and, for the first time, eukaryote environmental DNA (eDNA) data as a measure of benthic community structure. Environmental DNA sampling is a technique for biodiversity measurements that involves extracting DNA from environmental samples, amplicon sequencing a targeted gene, in this case the 18s rDNA gene (which targets eukaryotes), and matching the sequences to organisms. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4091DOI Listing
January 2019
2 Reads

Short-term to long-term extrapolation of lethal effects of an herbicide on the marine mysid shrimp Americamysis Bahia by use of the General Unified Threshold Model of Survival (GUTS).

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 22;15(1):29-39. Epub 2018 Oct 22.

Crop Science Division, Bayer AG, Monheim, Germany.

Risk assessments for plant protection products and their active ingredients that are based on standard laboratory tests performed under constant exposure conditions may result in an overestimation of risks because exposure in the environment is often characterized by a few short peaks. Here, the General Unified Threshold Model of Survival (GUTS) was used to conduct a refined risk assessment for the herbicide tembotrione and its effects on the marine invertebrate Americamysis bahia, for which the standard chronic effect assessment failed. The GUTS model was first calibrated with time-to-effect and concentration-response data from 2 independent acute experiments with A. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4092DOI Listing
January 2019
4 Reads

Nanosilver-Enabled Food Storage Container Tradeoffs: Environmental Impacts Versus Food Savings Benefit, Informed by Literature.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Nov 23;14(6):769-776. Epub 2018 Sep 23.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Globally, thousands of tons of food are lost each year due to spoilage and degraded quality. This loss is a current critical issue that must be addressed to ensure adequate food supply for the growing world population; the use of technology and regulatory practices are avenues to a solution. One considered approach is the reduction of the microorganism population on the surface of food products to delay spoilage through the use of antimicrobials. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4093DOI Listing
November 2018

Bioavailability of mercury in power plant wastewater and ambient river samples: Evidence that the regulation of total mercury is not appropriate.

Authors:
Robin J Reash

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 25;15(1):142-147. Epub 2018 Sep 25.

American Electric Power, Environmental Services Department, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Mercury (Hg) is a neurotoxin that can cause debilitating effects to human and environmental receptors under high exposure conditions. For industrial and municipal point sources that discharge Hg, wastewater limitations on total Hg (THg) concentrations or loads are typical. While this regulatory practice provides simplicity for regulated industry and water resource agencies (i. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4089DOI Listing
January 2019

An integrative model to assess water quality in China's Lake Taihu: Comparing single-factor and multifactor assessments.

Authors:
Huaqing Zhu Xiwu Lu

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 9;15(1):135-141. Epub 2018 Oct 9.

School of Energy and Environment, Southeast University, Nanjing, China.

To determine the differences between single-factor assessment (SFA) and multifactor assessment (MFA) of the water quality in Lake Taihu Basin in China, a software program was developed to perform absolute distance (AD) computations between SFAs and MFAs that refer to the Nemerow comprehensive index (NCI) and fuzzy comprehensive assessment (FCA). Symbolic models were established to describe the computation types and sequences that are involved in the models above. Water data that were obtained weekly from 7 monitoring sites (MSs) in the basin over 10 years were tested to generate water quality grades and ADs. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4088DOI Listing
January 2019
1 Read

Macroinvertebrate sensitivity thresholds for sediment in Virginia streams.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 10;15(1):77-92. Epub 2018 Sep 10.

Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

Sediment is the most commonly identified pollutant associated with macroinvertebrate community impairments in freshwater streams nationwide. Management of this physical stressor is complicated by the multiple measures of sediment available (e.g. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ieam.4086
Publisher Site
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4086DOI Listing
January 2019
1 Read

Structural alerts for the identification of bioaccumulative compounds.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019 Jan 11;15(1):19-28. Epub 2018 Sep 11.

Milano Chemometrics & QSAR Research Group, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy.

Legislators have included bioaccumulation in the evaluation of chemicals in the framework of the European Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. REACH requires information on the bioconcentration factor (BCF), which is a parameter for assessing bioaccumulation and encourages the use of a weight-of-evidence approach, including predictions from quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSARs). This study presents a novel approach, based on structural alerts, to be used as a decision-support system for the identification of substances with bioaccumulation potential. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4085DOI Listing
January 2019
1 Read

Relative Abundance Trends of Bird Populations in High Intensity Croplands in the Central United States.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Nov 7;14(6):692-702. Epub 2018 Aug 7.

Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.

Declining bird populations across the United States have been noted in a number of studies. Although multiple explanations have been proposed as causes of these declines, agricultural intensification has often been suggested as a significant driver of bird population dynamics. Using spatially explicit USDA-NASS Cropland Data Layer, we examined this relationship by comparing bird count data from the Breeding Bird Survey collected between 1995 and 2016 across 13 states in the central United States to corresponding categorical changes in land cover within a 2-km radius of each survey transect. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4083DOI Listing
November 2018

Quantifying Wildlife and Navigation Benefits of a Dredging Beneficial-Use Project in the Lower Atchafalaya River: A Demonstration of Engineering with Nature®.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Nov 31;14(6):759-768. Epub 2018 Jul 31.

US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) operates and maintains numerous projects in support of its various civil works missions including flood damage risk reduction, navigation, and ecosystem restoration. Originally authorized on an economic basis, these projects may produce a broad array of unaccounted for ecosystem services (ESs) that contribute to overall human, societal, and environmental well-being. Efforts are underway to capture the full array of environmental, economic, and social impacts of these projects. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4084DOI Listing
November 2018

A closed formula for calculating pesticide residue levels in the feed items of terrestrial species.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Nov 21;14(6):703-709. Epub 2018 Aug 21.

Compliance Services International, Lakewood, Washington, USA.

Calculating pesticide residue levels in feed items for terrestrial species requires accounting for the application rate of the pesticide, the frequency and interval of application, the half-life of the pesticide on the food item, and the residue unit dose. Microsoft Excel™-based applications such as the US Environmental Protection Agency's Terrestrial Residue Exposure model (T-REX) and Terrestrial Herpetofaunal Exposure Residue Program (T-HERPS) calculate the residue levels in feed items using a recursive sequence. A recursive sequence is an unwieldy calculation method that presents a barrier to creating a software-based tool capable of conducting flexible assessments. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ieam.4082
Publisher Site
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4082DOI Listing
November 2018
2 Reads

Evaluating European Food Safety Authority Protection Goals for Honeybees (Apis mellifera): What Do They Mean for Pollination?

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Nov 3;14(6):750-758. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

National Wildlife Management Centre, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Sand Hutton, York, United Kingdom.

In recent years there has been growing concern regarding the sudden and unexplained failure of honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies. Several factors have been suggested, including pesticides. In an effort to regulate their impact, guidance published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended that the magnitude of effects on exposed colonies should not exceed 7% reduction in colony size after 2 brood cycles. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4078DOI Listing
November 2018
24 Reads

Application of a Fixed Monitoring Benchmark Approach to Evaluate Attainment of Time-Variable Water Quality Criteria: Copper Biotic Ligand Model as a Case Study.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018 Nov 19;14(6):722-735. Epub 2018 Jul 19.

Great Lakes Environmental Center, Traverse City, Michigan, USA.

In 2007, the Biotic Ligand Model (BLM) became the basis for the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) freshwater water quality criteria (WQC) for Cu. Applying the BLM typically results in time-variable WQC, which are not unique to the BLM; they result from any criteria approach that depends on water chemistry (e.g. Read More

View Article

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4068DOI Listing
November 2018
2 Reads