EPA: A New Beginning (EPA 1994b). The report recommended major changes in the ORD program, and the agency began implementing them in 1995 (see Chapter 2).

Soon afterward, our committee's interim report (NRC 1995b) offered a preliminary endorsement of the general scope and direction of the changes then being made in ORD, as well as other steps being taken to strengthen agency-wide peer-review practices. A full assessment was not possible at that time, because the changes were a work in progress and needed time to take root. Now, the committee judges the 1995 reorganization of ORD and the agency's new peer-review practices to be essentially in place and, although still a work in progress, sufficiently mature to be assessed in this report.

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