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Appendix B Statement of Task The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and De - velopment (ORD) has been working to create programs and has been examining applications in a variety of areas to better incorporate sustainability. To further strengthen the analytic and scientific basis for sustainability as it applies to human health and environmental protection, an ad hoc committee under the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program will conduct a study and prepare a report that will answer the following questions. • What should be the operational framework for sustainability for EPA? • How can the EPA decision-making process rooted in the risk ssessment/ a risk management (RA/RM) paradigm be integrated into this new Sus- tainability Framework? • What scientific and analytical tools are needed to support the framework? • What expertise is needed to support the framework? 133

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