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Risk Assessment for Emerging Contaminants: What an Environmental Lawyer Needs to Know

Jillian C. Kirn will moderate a panel at the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources spring conference in Chicago, Illinois. They will discuss evaluating risks from emerging contaminants and helping clients address or rebut anomalous data. Risk assessment techniques and standards that enable the characterization of the nature and magnitude of potential health risks to humans and ecological receptors from chemical contamination and other stressors that may be present in the environment will also be addressed. The panel will discuss the need for lawyers to understand human health risk assessment and the separate process of ecological risk assessment to better evaluate new contaminants and determine how they are (or might be) regulated. The panel will review what a good risk assessment needs to include, explain the technical jargon, and provide tips on how to select the right consultants or experts to analyze, perform, or critique risk assessments. Attendees will learn best practices for the environmental lawyer in situations where the assessment of human health and ecological risks is a central concern and necessary to protect or defend a client.