are not well documented for any technology, but are believed to be very low for the baseline system and recommended alternatives.

In the absence of schedule and cost constraints, a number of agent disposal technologies can be engineered to satisfactory levels of safety, with regard to both acute and chronic health and environmental effects. To varying degrees, however, alternative technologies will incur both cost and delays (which add cumulative storage risk penalties) to complete necessary research and development work, and to demonstrate adequate performance.

Finally, the committee is keenly aware of citizen concerns other than risk associated with the Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program. These concerns include socioeconomic impacts, public participation in the decision-making process, program schedules, and program costs. It is important that all be considered in the program to eliminate the stockpile. The committee's emphasis on cumulative total risk minimization is an attempt to be sensitive to the overriding concerns of the public and of the committee itself.



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