Final Project Objectives: Conduct a risk assessment independently.
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Conduct a risk assessment independently.
Apply theory and methods discussed in this course in a creative fashion to (i) assess the human health or ecological risks of a specific contamination and (ii) to make recommendations for addressing or responding to the contamination.
Discuss and contemplate the significance of the application of your theory and methodology on the risk that you assessed and/or the recommendations you proposed.
Suggestions for Projects
Ecological risk assessment:
What is the risk of rising levels of PBDEs in Canadian wildlife
Are pulp and paper mills putting bald eagles at risk.
What are the ecological impacts/risk of phthalate esters or PFOS or…..
Human health risks:
What are the human health risks of consumption of dioxin or mercury or PAH contaminated fish and shell fish
What are the health risks of phthalate ester exposure through air inhalation.
What is the exposure of British Columbians to PCBs in farmed fish.
Do current usage levels of phthalate esters pose a risk to the Canadian environment.
Are sediment guidelines for dioxins/PCBs/… truly protective of the aquatic environment
Do human consumption guidelines for dioxins in fish and shell adequately protect human health
Does the proposed Environmental Risk Limit approach in the Netherlands adequately protect environmental health
Some information available.
Many large data gaps
Apply tools and fundamental principles covered in course to extrapolate beyond the available data
Provide best possible assessment
Consider merits and limitations of approach taken
Provide a balanced conclusion, statement, answer
Include your own best professional judgement
Guidelines for outline of paper
Abstract / Executive summary
Introduction (Rationale of the projects/question/study)
Methodology (lay out your approach to the problem)
Results / Findings (Report on your findings)
Discussion (Discuss the results in relation to your question, arrive at conclusions)
Recommended length : Main text should be about 20 pages, double spaced, 12 pt font. You can add appendices of supporting info.