Environment, Resources & Climate Change

Human Health Benefit & Risk Assessment

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With the technical expertise to complete all steps involved in health benefit and risk assessment-typically hazard identification, evaluation of dose-response/concentration-response/exposure-response, exposure assessment, health incidence data collection, and risk characterization—we have:
 
  • Conducted benefit analyses and risk assessments for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offices;
  • Developed new methods for quantifying risk;
  • Built computer models to calculate risk efficiently and cost-effectively;
  • Evaluated potential human health benefits of proposed air and drinking water regulations;
  • Assessed risks in vulnerable populations, such as children or those of low socioeconomic status; and
  • Conducted methods research and application.
     

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Projects

Air

  • Risk Assessment for National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) pollutants including ozone, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
  • Estimating the Benefits of Reducing Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP). EPA, National Center for Environmental Economics
  • Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP) development, maintenance and training (U.S. and foreign)
  • Estimation of Asbestos Concentration Distribution. EPA, National Center for Environmental Economics.
     
Water

  • Costs-benefits and economic analysis of the impacts of proposed effluent guidelines and water quality standards under the Clean Water Act;
  • Ground Water Rule Benefits Analysis for contaminants including arsenic, perchlorate, trichloroethylene, and trichloroethylene. EPA, Office of Water
     
Methods/Tool Development

 
Environmental Justice

  • Analytical Methods for Assessing the Environmental Justice Implications of Environmental Regulations, EPA National Center for Environmental Economics
  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Environmental Justice Analysis. EPA, Office of Regulatory Policy and Management
  • Environmental Justice Analysis of the Proposed Steam Electric Rule
  • Environmental Justice Analysis of Post-Construction Stormwater Regulation, EPA Office of Water
  • Environmental Justice Analysis of the Proposed Lead Wheel Weights Rule
     
Multimedia/Other

  • Benefits and Risk Analysis of Proposed Worker Safety Rule Revisions. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs
  • Calculating the Benefits of Reducing Lead Exposure
  • Communicating TRI Health Risks to Communities
  • Gene-Environment Interactions: Considerations in Federal Regulations, Policy, and Human Health Risk Assessments
  • Cost of Illness Handbook. EPA, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
  • Lead 402(c) Economic and Regulatory Analysis: Renovation and Remodeling. EPA, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
  • Estimating the Benefits of the Proposed Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act. EPA, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics




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