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Philip Goodrum Selected as Peer Reviewer for EPA Lead Modeling Report

Phil GoodrumIntegral Senior Consultant Philip Goodrum, Ph.D., DABT, was chosen to serve on a panel responsible for reviewing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) draft lead modeling report, Proposed Modeling Approaches for a Health-Based Benchmark for Lead in Drinking Water. Dr. Goodrum’s demonstrated expertise in modeling and human health risk assessment contributed to his selection as a reviewer.

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA sets standards for drinking water quality. EPA developed potential modeling approaches to define the relationship between lead levels in drinking water and blood lead levels, particularly for sensitive populations such as children and formula-fed infants. The focus of the peer review was to gather feedback on EPA’s proposed modeling approaches. A 2-day public meeting of the panel took place June 27–28, 2017, in Washington, DC.

Dr. Goodrum and other panel members provided general comments and overall impressions on the draft report, and commented on scientific aspects of the models identified in the report. The reviewers assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the three modeling approaches, scenarios, and input parameters, and offered suggestions for improvement. EPA will consider the panel’s feedback when finalizing the draft report.

Read the draft modeling report here.

Dr. Goodrum has more than 25 years of experience in quantitative risk assessment and environmental modeling, specializing in applications to human health and ecological risk assessment, sediment remediation, groundwater compliance monitoring, and natural resource damage assessment. He is a recognized national leader in statistical sampling methods, probabilistic risk assessment, and lead exposure modeling. He also has extensive experience with emerging contaminants and yet-to-be regulated chemicals such as perfluoroalkyl substances.

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