September 10, 2009
A team of scientists from Exponent’s Environmental Sciences and Health Sciences practice groups have recently published a feature article in the journal Environmental Science & Technology entitled, "Importance of Considering the Framework Principles in Risk Assessment for Metals." This article is currently available online and will be published in the November 15, 2009 issue. Based on the authors’ experience with human health and ecological risk assessment, this paper offers a perspective on the relative importance of the principles outlined in U.S. EPA’s Framework for Metals Risk Assessment for assessing metals exposure and risk.
The authors’ collective expertise on the fate, transport, toxicology, and risk assessment of metals and other chemicals in products, foods, and the environment provides broad insight on the potential for and consequences of chemical exposure. Dr. Charles A. Menzie, the Director of Exponent’s Ecological Sciences practice, is the lead author. Dr. Menzie chaired the external working group that assisted U.S. EPA in developing the principles discussed in this paper, and he was awarded the Outstanding Practitioner Award for risk analysis practice by the Society for Risk Analysis. Please contact Dr. Menzie for more information.