Ecological Committee on FIFRA Risk Assessment Methods: Aquatic Risk Assessment
J. Giddings and P. Hendley
Springborn Laboratories Inc.
Environmental Sciences Division
Wareham, MA and Zeneca Ag Products.
The Ecological Committee on FIFRA Risk Assessment Methods (ECOFRAM) was formed in June 1997. The Committee's purpose is to develop tools and processes within the FIFRA framework for predicting the magnitude and probabilities of adverse effects to nontarget aquatic and terrestrial species resulting from the introduction of pesticides into their environment. An Aquatic Work Group was formed to identify and discuss probabilistic methods for aquatic risk assessments and develop recommendations for future use by EPA. In addition, they will identify information that must be developed in order to validate the proposed methods and to ensure that the proposed assessment process, if adopted by EPA, supports environmental decisions that are scientifically defensible. A report of the Work Group's deliberations to date will be presented.