The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment has released drafts of the first three volumes of its Guidance Manual for Environmental Site Characterization in Support of Environmental and Human Health Risk Assessment. The manual is intended to provide a consistent approach to sampling and analyzing complex environmental matrices in support of environmental and human health risk assessment at contaminated sites. These provide general guidance for carrying out risk assessments, as well as suggested operating procedures. The final volume, which is expected to be available soon for public comment, will detail the analytical methods applicable to assessing contaminated sites.

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