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Randall Wentsel and Anne Fairbrother Next steps in the development of ecological soil clean-up values for metals Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10

Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ieam.1451

Key Points

  • World expert workshop attendees on metals risk assessment issues met to work toward developing a process for establishing ecological soil clean-up values (Eco-SCVs) for metals.
  • The goal of the workshop was to progress from ecological soil screening values (Eco-SSLs) to final clean-up values by providing regulators with methods and processes to incorporate bioavailability, normalize toxicity thresholds, address food-web issues, and incorporate background concentrations.
  • The REACH data sets were used by workshop participants as case studies in the development of ecological standards for metals in soils.
  • The special series publications are compilations of state-of-the-art information and provide usable recommendations on metal bioavailability, soil processes, food-chain modeling, and the procedures needed to frame the topics to gain regulatory acceptance of soil biota and wildlife clean-up values.

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