RESEARCH STRATEGY FOR OXYGENATES IN WATER (EXTERNAL REVIEW DRAFT)
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A key question is whether oxygenates in water pose a significant threat to human health or the environment. If a risk or problem is judged to exist, then information is needed to guide decisions on how best to manage risks or otherwise deal with the problems posed by oxygenate contamination. The purpose of this document is to identify key limitations in current information needed to assess and manage the potential health and environmental risks related to oxygenates in water. Without more definitive scientific information, uncertainties will dominate these efforts. Gaps and limitations in current information are identified in the areas of source characterization, transport, transformation, occurrence, exposure, aquatic toxicity, health effects, release prevention, and contaminant removal. Within each of these areas, a brief background section highlights currently available information on key issues, followed by a section that identifies needed research, analyses, or information. The document also contains an appendix listing Current Projects Related to Oxygenates in Water.
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