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Incorporating Ecosystem Service Valuation into Remedial Decision Making: Net Ecosystem Service Analysis

December 2011

Joseph Nicolette, Derek Pelletier and Mark Rockel have written an article entitled Incorporating Ecosystem Service Valuation into Remedial Decision Making: Net Ecosystem Service Analysis, which has been published in the December 2011 newsletter for the Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA). The article addresses a need for consideration of the effects of remediation measures on the ecosystems in which they’re carried out.

Within current regulatory cleanup frameworks, the selection of remedial alternatives to address the presence of a contaminant in the environment is typically based upon the potential for the contaminant to pose a human health and/or ecological risk, the cost of the alternative and/or the site-specific criterion. In this framework, the effect that a remedial action may have on the ecosystem is rarely formally quantified when considering among remedial alternatives. In the article, our authors discuss the use of a site management strategy that incorporates ecosystem service valuation to balance the risks, benefits and trade-offs associated with competing alternatives.

Click here for an abbreviated peek at the article, and here for the full newsletter. For more information, contact Joseph Nicolette.