Citizens’ concern to achieve equity occupied much of the committee’s deliberations. In providing a scientific basis for establishing justice, the committee still is limited to making recommendations within or directly related to its charge. The committee was not asked to comment on the use of any new criteria for eligibility for compensation for persons in existing RECA-eligible geographic areas.
The committee recognizes that reforms never rest simply on the scientific recommendations of experts. Committee members understand that many other considerations play a role in crafting policies and laws; these include pragmatic consequences, budgetary realities, and competing political goals. The committee intends that its scientific recommendations remain within the parameters of its initial charge and that they are consistent with principles of ethics.