Ecological Risk Assessments
- Environmental Communication & Public Involvement
- P.O. Box 1663 MS M996
- Los Alamos, NM 87545
- (505) 667-0216
Assessing our impact to the environment
The ECORISK Database is a screening tool developed by LANL to be used in conjunction with the Laboratory’s Screening-Level Ecological Risk Assessment Methods, Revision 3, to evaluate impacts from chemicals and radionuclides in soil, water, sediment, and air on the ecological receptors (or biota) at the Laboratory. The screening results are used in conjunction with data collected from surveys of habitat, species, and all other areas of applied ecology to help the Laboratory address ecological risk and incorporate ecological planning in all activities.
Ecological screening levels
Ecological screening levels are media- and receptor-specific values that may be used to screen environmental data.
Air (pore gas), soil, sediment, and water ecological screening levels are calculated for receptors in various functional feeding guilds, such as carnivores, herbivores, and insectivores.