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Main Title Environmental decisions in the face of uncertainty /
Publisher National Academies Press,
Year Published 2013
OCLC Number 830351848
ISBN 0309130344; 9780309130349
Subjects Environmental policy--United States--Decision making. ; Public health--Risk assessment--United States. ; Public health--Environmental aspects--United States.
Additional Subjects United States.--Environmental Protection Agency--Decision making.
Internet Access
Description Access URL
National Academies Press
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EKCM  GE170.I574 2013 CEMM/GEMMD Library/Gulf Breeze,FL 07/03/2013
ELAM  GE180.E574 2013 Region 5 Library/Chicago,IL 08/04/2014
ELBM  GE180.E574 2013 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 12/23/2013
EOAM  GE180.E574 2013 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 11/25/2013
ERAM  RA566.27 .E5857 2013 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 07/03/2013
Collation xxi, 258 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Notes
Introduction -- Risk Assessment and Uncertainty -- Uncertainty in Technological and Economic Factors in EPA's Decision Making -- Uncertainty and Decision Making: Lessons from Other Public Health Contexts -- Incorporating Uncertainty into Decision Making -- Communication of Uncertainty -- Synthesis and Recommendations -- Appendix A: Approaches to Accounting for Uncertainty -- Appendix B: Committee Member Biographical Sketches -- Appendix C: Meeting Agendas. "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of several federal agencies responsible for protecting Americans against significant risks to human health and the environment. As part of that mission, EPA estimates the nature, magnitude, and likelihood of risks to human health and the environment; identifies the potential regulatory actions that will mitigate those risks and protect public health and the environment; and uses that information to decide on appropriate regulatory action. Uncertainties, both qualitative and quantitative, in the data and analyses on which these decisions are based enter into the process at each step. As a result, the informed identification and use of the uncertainties inherent in the process is an essential feature of environmental decision making. EPA requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convene a committee to provide guidance to its decision makers and their partners in states and localities on approaches to managing risk in different contexts when uncertainty is present. It also sought guidance on how information on uncertainty should be presented to help risk managers make sound decisions and to increase transparency in its communications with the public about those decisions. Given that its charge is not limited to human health risk assessment and includes broad questions about managing risks and decision making, in this report the committee examines the analysis of uncertainty in those other areas in addition to human health risks. Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty explains the statement of task and summarizes the findings of the committee."--Publisher's description.