At the request of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the TRB/Marine Board Committee to Review the Buzzards Bay Maritime Risk Assessment has evaluated the methods and conclusions of the Buzzards Bay Risk Assessment (BBRA).
The BBRA was originally commissioned by the United States Coast Guard and MassDEP. The committee’s task was to provide an independent technical review of the BBRA focusing on its scope, methods, and supporting data. The committee finds that the choices made in the formulation and execution of the study bring into question the conclusions of the risk assessment on technical grounds and that the ranking of risk mitigation options is not justified and could be reversed with slightly different and more defensible methods or assumptions.
Table of Contents
|Technical Peer Review of the Buzzards Bay Risk Assessment||1-46|
|Enclosure A: Acknowledgment of Reviewers||47-47|
|Enclosure B: Committee to Review the Buzzards Bay Maritime Risk Assessment||48-48|
|Enclosure C: Committee Member Biographical Information||49-52|
|Enclosure D: Statement of Task||53-53|
|Enclosure E: Acronym List||54-54|
|Enclosure F: BBRA Statement of Objectives||55-57|
|Enclosure G: Description of Escort Tugs and How They Are Used||58-59|
|Enclosure H: Weather Analysis||60-73|
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