Team Leaders: Bonnie Brooks (WA Ecology) & Claudio Sorrentino (CADTSC)
Soil background concentrations are important to consider when conducting human health and ecological risk
assessments. Currently, there is inconsistency in the way stakeholders define background, use sampling methods, and apply statistical methods in risk assessment. Other sources of valuable information such as geochemical evaluations and forensic methods are not widely used or accepted.
The Use of Soil Background Concentrations in Risk Assessment Team will create a guidance document and training resources that will provide a useful framework for using soil background concentrations in risk assessment and its application to soil-like materials such as sediments and mining sites.