critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Deepak K. Bhalla (Wayne State University), David W. Gaylor (Gaylor and Associates, LLC), and Sam Kacew (University of Ottawa).

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by: Robert A. Goyer, professor emeritus, University of Western Ontario. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

The committee gratefully acknowledges the valuable assistance provided by the following individuals: Ernest Falke, Iris Camacho, and Marquea King (all from EPA); Cheryl Bast, Kowetha Davidson, Claudia Troxel, and Robert Young (all from Oak Ridge National Laboratory); and Jens-Uwe Voss of Germany. Aida Neel was the program associate, and Alexandra Stupple was the editor. We are grateful to James J. Reisa, director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, for his helpful guidance. The committee particularly acknowledges Kulbir Bakshi, project director for the committee, for bringing the report to completion. Finally, we would like to thank all members of the committee for their expertise and dedicated effort throughout the development of this report.


Donald E. Gardner, Chair

Committee on Acute Exposure Guideline Levels


William E. Halperin, Chair

Committee on Toxicology



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