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Risk Assessment and Risk Management

 ENMT495 Global Environmental

Week 3 Discussion

DQ1 Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Hello, my name is Bailey Bomar and I will be leading this week’s discussion on risk assessment and management. This week explored the history and evolution of the EPA’s risk assessment process as well as the basics of risk assessment and risk management.


There are many varying definitions of risk. Describe the difference between the EPA’s definition of risk and the definition given in the video, “Introductions to Risk Management”, including a delineation of “negative risks” and “positive risks”. Are positive risks possible in environmental management?


There are several statutory requirements that have influenced varying approaches to risk assessment. List some of the statutes that discuss risk assessment, and discuss the common factors of these statutes that shape the EPA’s risk assessment principles.


Multiple National Research Council reports, including the 1983 publication of the Red Book, have shaped the guidelines for risk assessment. What are some of the NRC recommendations that have been integrated into the EPA’s risk assessment principles?


Briefly describe the role that policy plays in the risk-assessment process regarding choices and uncertainties. What role does time play in risk assessment?


The 1983 National Research Council report discussed the need for conceptual distinction of risk assessment and risk management. Describe the difference between risk assessment and risk management, and including their goals and processes. Why are these continual processes?


Regardless of if a risk is to human health or the environment, there are 3 factors that a risk is dependent upon. What are these 3 factors?  Briefly describe how human health risk assessments and ecological risk assessments differ?


Summarize the difference between qualitative and quantitative analysis of a risk, and provide a detailed example of each.


DQ2 Environmental Technologies


This Erin Fortuni and I will be leading this discussion. In the Week 3 learning resources the four environmental technologies categories were described and placed in order according to their dominance in the pollution management scene.


Identify the four technologies and their order of dominance. Does the current order of emphasis seem appropriate for the state of our environment?


Do you believe we are focused enough on the right areas to mitigate climate change in a timely manner? Please reason why this order is appropriate or devise a new order of emphasis for the environmental technologies categories. Provide support to your argument for reorganization/allocation of emphasis, for example; remediation is placed before monitoring but monitoring deserves more allocations because too little oversight will lead to more remediation necessary.


Finally, please investigate one specific environmental technology in one of the categories, and summarize its use, effectiveness, and any other notable characteristics, example technologies includes- life cycle analysis as an avoidance technology, space based sensors to predict harmful algal blooms as well as ice cover.


In responses to other students, please propose why you agree or disagree with your fellow student’s initial post regarding their ideas for the prioritization of for environmental technologies categories. Also, do some quick research or speak from experience in order to add to the information on the specific environmental technology that was presented in the post. Happy Week 3!


DQ3 Multimedia Analysis


My name is Tetee Maximore. The discussions on this topic provide a general idea of Multimedia analysis. Many of these questions need to be pondered as part of the week three reading and resources provided.


This is an opportunity to share your thoughts, dig deeper, and learn from different perspectives by participating in discussions on one or more of the following questions:


Multimedia management integrates a wide array of environmental requirements and decision processes. Can you need the ecological processes mentioned in this week’s reading? Discuss the condition of the processes to be part of the multimedia analysis.


What are Multimedia compliance inspections, and how is it related to EPA’s compliance inspections. How does the team of inspectors carry out inspections? What is evidence for appropriate enforcement actions conducted?


Environmental pollution management requires cost-effective development and application of various technologies. List and discuss the four categories of Environmental technology activities and explain the different Government regulation’s effects on each category.


As an environmental management student, what are the advantages and disadvantages of using a multimedia approach In designing and implementing a pollution prevention program?


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