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The EPA's staff office on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, announced a public teleconference of the Science Advisory Board (SAB) Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making.
The teleconference date is Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time). The meeting will be conducted by telephone only.
The purpose of the public teleconference to complete the board's work plan for an evaluative study of EPA scientific assessment practices for decision making. The Committee for Science Integration for Decision Making met on June 9-10, 2009 in Washington, D.C., to begin its work on this study (see 74 FR 23187). Additional information on the study and the meeting may be found on the SAB website at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/Science%20Integration?OpenDocument.
The EPA uses many kinds of scientific assessments for policy analysis and decision making. In a study published in 2000, the SAB found that an integrated approach to scientific assessment and decision making was needed to effectively address new and complex environmental problems (see the SAB's report, Toward Integrated Environmental Decision-Making on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab).
In its 2008 report, Science and Decisions:Advancing Risk Assessment, the National Research Council (NRC) recommended improvements in the EPA's risk assessment processes to address the complexities of current problems and improve the utility of assessments in decision making.
The teleconference agenda and other material in support of this teleconference are posted on the SAB website at http://www.epa.gov/sab.