related to EPA’s role in synthesizing data to inform policy decisions and the establishment of regulations, and to stimulate thinking in new ways. The mechanism or mechanisms through which EPA chooses to address the recommendations will depend on its funding, its priorities, and what environmental science and engineering areas it wants to focus its efforts on in the future. Because the committee’s report will become dated as science evolves and as lessons continue to be learned about best practices for protecting human health and the environment, it may be beneficial for EPA to carry out a similar type of exercise at regular intervals in the future.

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