||Environmental Management Support, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.; Cohen (S.) and Associates, Inc., McLean, VA.; Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) is currently pursuing new approaches for using science to address several topics of importance to the Agency. These topics represent new directions for EPA in that they transcend the traditional media- or pollutant-based boundaries and encompass a variety of disciplines and specialities. ORD wishes to link EPA staff interested in these topics with the appropriate science staff in ORD to identify areas for collaboration. To accomplish this goal, ORDs Office of Science Policy is hosting a series of New Directions workshops between March 1999 and Spring 2000. The workshops will provide a forum to present information and discuss current and future issues on new topics of interest. There are four topic series being presented under the auspices of New Directions: Community Assessment, Reinvention, Risk Management, and Regional Science. Each topic series will consist of three or four workshops designed to bring interested staff together to develop a set of action items that will be completed over the course of the series. The Regional Science workshops are intended to bring together scientists and others from EPAs Regional offices, ORD laboratories and centers, and interested program offices. Public and private stakeholders have assumed greater roles in both regulatory and non-regulatory aspects of environmental protection; EPAs Regions are, in many cases, best placed to interact with these stakeholders. In addition, the Regions are located where sector- and community-based environmental protection-two key components of EPAs new direction in environmental protection-is happening or can happen. Actions taken at the Regional level have a major impact on EPAs national policy decisions in these areas.