Midwestern States Risk Assessment Symposium (MSRAS)

Venue: Indianapolis Hyatt-Regency Hotel

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Event Date/Time: Aug 25, 2004 End Date/Time: Aug 27, 2004
Registration Date: Aug 20, 2004
Early Registration Date: Jul 01, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: May 01, 2004
Paper Submission Date: Aug 15, 2004
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Midwestern States Risk Assessment Symposium
August 25-27, 2004
Indianapolis Hyatt Regency Hotel

Following the great success of the first Midwestern States Risk Assessment Symposium in July 2002, we are please to announce the dates and topics for the second symposium.
The 2nd Midwestern States Risk Assessment Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Indianapolis on August 25–27, 2004. The symposium will feature the leading experts in the United States as speakers on the topics described below. The format will include oral and poster presentations, panel discussions, and meals with prominent speakers. The symposium will also feature Vendor exhibits and provide many opportunities for networking with colleagues from industry, government, academia, and consulting firms. Negotiations are currently under way with the Interstate Technical and Regulatory Council to bring one or more of their training courses to the symposium. The proceedings of the conference will be published on CD and distributed to all participants after the symposium. Four states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio) are co-chairing sessions this year, and we expect to draw participants from across the country. Attendance is expected to be approximately 400. Additional information, as well as, online registration and abstract submission for papers and posters can be found at www.spea.indiana.edu.msras.

Call For Papers – Papers are being solicited for oral presentations during platform sessions. Papers that accompany each oral presentation will be published in the proceedings of the symposium. Papers in the review process for a peer reviewed journal may be presented and an extended abstract, with reference to the complete article, can be published. Papers are sought on the subjects below. Abstracts for consideration can be submitted at www.spea.indiana.edu.msras


Urban Metals – In some urban areas, coal combustion and other wide area sources have left metals in surface soils at levels exceeding calculated health protective levels. These contaminants make it difficult to assess waste sites, and to separate source oriented contaminants from those covering wide areas. For this session there is special interest in empirical research, which measures metal concentrations (particularly arsenic and lead) in surface soil and uses statistical methods to evaluate the significance of these contaminants, and methods available to estimate background concentrations across wide areas. Other topics related to metals in urban soils will be considered.

Urban PAHs – Hydrocarbon combustion has dispersed Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) across many urban areas. The health protective level for many of these compounds is very low. Papers discussing background levels of PAHs in urban areas and strategies for dealing with them are of interest. Empirical research which supports conclusions is highly desired.

Indoor Air – Methods for the evaluation of vapor intrusion into homes from contaminants in the soil and ground water have advanced considerably in recent years. This creates a situation in which background concentrations of contaminants from indoor sources and ambient air must be evaluated so that the true impact of vapor intrusion can be estimated. Studies of background concentrations, sources of background contaminants, and strategies for approaching the background issue will be considered.

Characterizing Brownfield Sites

Redevelopment of brownfield sites is very important economically and environmentally. There are three goals for these characterizations – Fast, Cheap, and Correct. It is sometimes difficult to achieve all three goals. Papers discussing methods of data acquisition and analysis are sought. The papers should discuss the goals, and how the recommended methods help achieve these goals.

Call For Posters – There will be a poster session at the symposium on August 26th. Posters may discuss any relevant environmental topic. Posters related to the topics of the symposium and those displaying empirical data will be given preference. Abstracts for consideration can be submitted at www.spea.indiana.edu.msras

Call For Sponsors – Additional sponsors are being sought for the symposium. There are several levels of sponsorship, with higher levels creating greater visibility. Booths for exhibitors are available, as well as break and meal sponsorship. For additional information please contact Brian Wolff at 317-233-5565 or bwolff@dem.state.in.us


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Additional Information

General Registration - $150 Government/Student Registration - $100