Risk-Based Decision-Making and Federal Facilities Cleanup:
A Workshop for Tribal Decision-makers
March 14-16, 2000
International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Department of Energy, Center for Risk Excellence
Tulane University Medical Center
The objectives of the roundtable were to provide practical instruction and assistance to tribal decision-makers and professional staffs and federal facility managers and regulators in the following areas:
- First, the roundtable was intended to help tribal environmental protection personnel, other staff, and tribal decision-makers understand basic principles of risk assessment, risk management and risk communication and the different ways they are applied in federal facilities cleanup.
- Second, the roundtable aimed to provide tribal environmental protection personnel, other staff, and tribal decision makers the tools, such as lexicons, analytical frameworks, and communications strategies they can use to help protect and further a wide range of tribal health, safety, environmental, cultural, and other interests as they participate in risk-based environmental cleanup decisions.
- Third, the roundtable was intended to help federal facility managers, regulators and technology developers appreciate the wide range of tribal health, safety, cultural, social, political, economic, and other interests that are affected by risk-based decisions.
- Fourth, the roundtable was designed to help federal facility managers and regulators understand the legal drivers, including statutes, Executive Orders, and court decisions, that require their consideration and incorporation of of tribal interests in their risk-based decisions.
- Fifth, and finally, the roundtable was intended to identify the barriers to and opportunities for tribal participation in risk-based environmental cleanup decisions.