Title: Ecological Risk Assessment Consultation in the UK 
Resource Type: document --> guidance / decision support 
Country: United Kingdom 
Year: 2003 
Availability: A public consultation on a framework and methods for assessing harm to ecosystems from contaminants in soil 
Author 1/Producer: Environment Agency 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Publisher: Environment Agency 
Publisher City: Environment Agency Rio House Waterside Drive, Aztec West Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4UD UK Tel: 01454 624400 Fax: 01454 624409 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/subjects/landquality/11 ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Ecological
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Tools and procedures
 
Short description: From the Agency web page: ' A number of regulatory regimes now require an Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) to be undertaken, e.g. Part IIA Environmental Protection Act 1990. All these regimes are concerned, in one way or another, with assessing the risk of significant harm to an organism, an animal or a whole ecosystem. To ensure consistency in ERA, the Environment Agency and Defra are developing an ERA framework for use in land quality assessments. 'The framework offers a series of tiered activities, decisions and actions that provide a practical match between available resources and the severity of a land contamination problem. It allows decisions to be made rationally, consistently and transparently and forms the basis for discussions between the relevant parties – such as site owners, regulatory authorities and the local community – about a proposed course of action.' 
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Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 01/06/2005