It is the intent of the author to motivate clinicians, especially environmental and occupational health professionals, to investigate the RSEI model for the purpose of screening their communities for potential hazards caused by industrial releases.
As stated in EPA's RSEI methodology document, 15 "The exposure algorithms are intended to be simple ways to gauge relative risks from releases to different media in a consistent, defensible way, by modeling and estimating exposure.
The RSEI model is an easy to use method for screening potential industry-related hazards at the parish or neighborhood level; and is relevant to doctors serving industry workers and fenceline communities.
Risk screening environmental ndicators (RSEI) Methodology.
(146) On a related note, the development of risk analysis data (analogous to the RSEI) is critical to improving the environmental meaningfulness of NPRI information.
(74) See Environmental Protection Agency, Risk-Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI), online: <www.epa.gov>.
Computer models rest on sets of assumptions, and RSEI is no different.
The monitoring done by the state EPA there--and the risk assessment that its monitoring established--became a means of using RSEI to identify locations where the relative risks to children appeared the same or greater than at Hitchens.
Using RSEI in just the manner the EPA intended, we found 435 schools that ranked worse than Hitchens did.
"RSEI is a very powerful tool," says George Lucier, an advisor to the National Toxicology Program, who has reviewed the model.
RSEI is based in the EPA's community right-to-know initiatives, which were launched after a pair of infamous industrial accidents.
The RSEI model was created by the EPA to put TRI data into a risk-based context.