Don’t Forget About Ecological Risk
Agencies May Require both Human Health and Ecological Risk Evaluation
Ecological Risk Assessments (ERAs) are performed to evaluate whether particular environmental conditions (e.g., chemical contamination in soil, surface water, sediment, or biota) pose a risk to ecological resources and their associated ecosystems. ERAs are usually a required part of environmental projects to evaluate ecological impacts associated with environmental contamination at both USEPA-led and state-led sites.
Roux Associates has staff skilled in conducting ERAs and other ecological services for numerous types of facilities across the country. We can offer a full range of ecological services to successfully evaluate, interpret, and communicate ecological risks associated with chemical and physical stressors.
Our Ecological Risk Assessment services include:
- Specialized sediment sampling, analyses, and techniques to evaluate contaminant distribution and bioavailability, such as:
- Undisturbed sediment coring;
- Benthic habitat assessments and population surveys;
- Total organic carbon and contaminant partitioning; and
- Acid Volatile Sulfide and Simultaneously Extracted Metals (AVS-SEM) analysis.
- Terrestrial habitat assessments
- Collection of benthic invertebrates, fish, and terrestrial organisms for body burden analyses
- Sampling for toxicity tests for whole sediment, pore water, surface water, and soil
- Qualitative and quantitative surveys of benthic invertebrates
- Food Web Assessments
- Screening Level (SLERA) and Baseline (BERA) Ecological Risk Assessments
- Ecological mitigation and restoration
Read about Roux’s full scope of ecological services here.
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Our office in Long Beach, California is looking for entry-level Staff Engineers as well as mid-level Project Managers (including Engineers, Geologists, and Scientists).
Staff Engineers will work on projects related to the investigation and environmental remediation of industrial and commercial sites.
Project Managers must effectively communicate with clients, regulators, and subcontractors to oversee Roux’s projects with Fortune 500 and public sector clients, helping them solve their most challenging environmental issues.
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Will PFAS Become the Next Asbestos?
Roux Associates has been monitoring regulatory developments and public perception regarding emerging contaminants. One group of chemicals that could have a significant effect on business is perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).
Lately, state and federal agencies are taking aggressive measures to regulate these substances. Recently, New Jersey announced it will promulgate a drinking water maximum contaminant level (MCL) for perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) of 0.013 parts per billion (ppb)—the equivalent of about a tablespoonful of PFNA in 1,000 swimming pools. Currently, these substances are not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act; however, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is undertaking a study of water supplies across the nation to assess the prevalence of PFAS in advance of developing federal MCLs.
These substances do not break down and are immensely persistent. Toxicological studies estimate that they reside in the human body for as long as four years. The EPA has identified human exposure from direct contact with tainted water and soil, and ingestion of food. A recent study identified fluorine in fast food wrappers and suggests non-stick food containers are likely contributing to PFAS in humans.
What are the implications?
- Lawsuits for chronic exposure of the workforce and/or the public.
- Environmental impairment of drinking water and surface water dating back before the pollution exclusion, and extending into the present.
How large is the potential universe of claimants and long-tail claims?
- Product liability claims (e.g., tainted foodstuffs).
- Business loss claims (product recalls).
In 2016, residents near a naval air station sued 3M and a host of other companies for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) contamination of their water supply, which is a PFAS chemical used in fire-fighting foams at the naval base. Similarly, in Hoosick Falls, New York, a man is suing Saint-Gobain and Honeywell for damages from drinking tainted water.
Roux Associates is on the forefront of the PFAS issue and risk management. We can help you to develop a strategy to address and quantify this liability. For more information, please click on the button below.
On Sunday, April 23rd Roux teamed up with the non-profit organization Coastal Steward Long Island (CSLI) to celebrate Earth Day at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai to clean up the beach, enjoy a picnic lunch, and learn about our impact on the environment. CSLI’s marine educators highlighted which types of trash to look for, along with sharing evidence that local birds have been accidentally consuming more plastic items, which can only be prevented by removing them from our shores.
CSLI’s board members guided tours of the Marine Environmental Stewardship Center and the Shellfish Hatchery to educate all event attendees about their shellfish restoration and education programs. In addition to leading over a decade of beach cleanups, CSLI is now offering field trips to the Marine Environmental Stewardship Center in cooperation with the Town of Brookhaven, where students can learn about Long Island ecology through hands-on study. CSLI also helps to grow and plant shellfish in our local harbors, increasing the number of local self-sustaining, disease resistant oysters, which ultimately improves our water quality.
Click here to see more about CSLI’s Earth Day Celebration and support their cause here.
Harmful plastic consumed by birds (left) vs. objects found in nature
Touring the Shellfish Hatchery
Roux will be exhibiting and taking part in speaking engagements across the country. To find out more about our upcoming events, click on the links below!
Adam Love, Ph.D., Marc Scarcella, and Peter Kelso of Roux Associates to present
April 26-28; Orlando, FL
May 1-2; Galloway Township, NJ
Exhibiting – Booth 1035
May 16-17; Austin, TX
Exhibiting – Booth N1318
May 21-24; Las Vegas, NV
Panelist: Amanda Ludlow of Roux Associates
June 7-8; Albany, NY
Co-chair: Douglas J. Swanson, CEO of Roux Associates
June 20; New York, NY
Roux is Proud to Announce Two New Offices
Northern New Jersey and Texas Now Open
Exciting things are happening at Roux Associates and we want to share some important news. Our loyal clients have fueled continued growth for Roux. We would like to announce the addition of two new offices in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey and The Woodlands, Texas. Thank you to all of our clients who have contributed to our success.
Roux Associates is a professional services firm providing a broad range of consulting and project management services to solve complex environmental issues associated with air, water, and land. We have been providing these services to an impressive list of Fortune 500 and public sector clients nationwide for over 35 years. Please click here for our updated contact information.
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