A Case Study on a New Comparative Approach to Better Determine Trade-offs in Remediation Scenarios to Maximize Benefits While Minimizing Risks


August 2020Dr. Weihsueh Chiu, Decision Science Core Principal Investigator at the Texas A&M Superfund Research Center, collaborated with colleagues at the University of Michigan, on a case study applying quantitative, comparative risk analysis to assess population health benefits and risks of various remediation scenarios for the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site.   Their work was recently highlighted in an Environmental Health Perspectives Science Selection news article, Unbalanced Burden?  Potential Population-Level Health Risks and Benefits of Superfund Cleanup noting that “. .  the use of a comparative risk analysis in population-based assessments of environmental remediation alternatives has the potential to better inform cost-effective decision-making that maximizes benefits while minimizing risks to human health.”


EHP Science Selection News:  https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP7050

Original EHP study: https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP5034 (online Dec 2019)