Risk Assessment

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Environmental Protection Agency.

"EPA conducts ecological risk assessments to determine what risks are posed by a pesticide and whether changes to the use or proposed use are necessary to protect the environment." The use of some pesticides may impact the quality of soil and water.

EPA. Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances.

Overview of the Ecological Risk Assessment Process in the Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (PDF | 975 KB) EPA. Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. Explains the ecological risk assessment process for the "evaluation of potential risk to endangered and threatened (listed) species from exposure to pesticides."

EPA. Office of Water.

"Section 304(a)(1) of the Clean Water Act requires EPA to develop criteria for water quality" that accurately reflect environmental or human health risks.

EPA. National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center.

For the agricultural sector, outlines the "potential threat of environmental exposures to human and ecological health" and defines risk assessment. Includes links to the Wildlife Exposure Factors Handbook and risk assessment software.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Environmental Sciences Division.

Explains the "expanded role of ecological risk analysis in environmental decision making, applying the principles and practices of ecological risk analysis to non-chemical stressors and to environmental management."

University of Minnesota. Digital Center for Risk Management Education.

"Organizes thousands of risk management materials which help producers and agricultural professionals quickly locate information, tools, and assistance on specific risk management topics."