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Title: Interpretation and evaluation of the US Environmental Protection Agency ecological risk assessment guidelines
Authors: Murray, K
Claassen, M
Keywords: US Environmental protection agency
EPA
Ecological risk assessment
ERA process
Integrated environmental management
IEM
Ecological risks guidelines
Water resources
Issue Date: Oct-1999
Publisher: Water Research Commission
Citation: Murray, K and Claassen, M. 1999. Interpretation and evaluation of the US Environmental Protection Agency ecological risk assessment guidelines. Water SA, vol. 25(4), pp 513-518
Abstract: In order to facilitate a common understanding, on-going debate and increasing application of ecological risk assessment (ERA) in South Africa, the ERA process of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been summarised and evaluated for South African conditions, Many of the individual steps in the process have been interpreted and reworded in order to improve communication of the concepts. The basic process is unchanged though a few minor changes are recommended as improvements. A comparison is also made with integrated environmental management (IEM). It is noted that ERA addresses many of the key principles underpinning IEM, including consultation with interested and affected parties which provides an opportunity for public and specialist input into the decision-making process. However, there are some differences though more in degree than in principle. Of importance is that the ERA framework provides explicitly for quantification of all aspects of an assessment in an IEM procedure.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/2064
http://hdl.handle.net/10204/2064
ISSN: 0378-4738
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General science, engineering & technology

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