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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Meeting Agendas." Institute of Medicine. 2013. Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12568.
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Appendix C

Meeting Agendas

The National Academies Institute of Medicine Committee on Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Meeting One
Thursday, November 1, 2007

Meeting Location:
The National Academies Keck Center
Room 110
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

1:30–3:00 p.m. Discussion of Charge
 
  George Gray, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and
Development, EPA
 
3:00–3:30 p.m. Adjourn Open Session
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Meeting Agendas." Institute of Medicine. 2013. Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12568.
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Meeting Two
Thursday, January 10, 2008

Meeting Location:
The National Academies Keck Center
Room 110
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

12:30–1:30 p.m. Uncertainty Analysis at the EPA
 
  Michael Callahan
Formerly: EPA, ORD Regional Science Liaison,
Region 6
 
1:30–2:45 p.m. Robert Brenner
Director, Office of Policy Analysis and Review
Office of Air and Radiation
 
  Bryan Hubbell
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
Innovative Strategies and Economics Group
 
2:45 p.m. Adjourn Open Session
 
Friday, January 11, 2008
 
8:30–9:00 a.m. Incorporation of Risk and Uncertainty Analysis
Principles into Decision Making Within the Army
Corps of Engineers
 
  Todd S. Bridges, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Environmental Sciences
U.S. Army Engineer Research and
Development Center
 
9:00–9:30 a.m. Discussion with the Committee
 
9:30–10:00 a.m. Stakeholder Views About the Use of Probabilistic
Risk Assessments at EPA
 
  Carol J. Henry, Ph.D., D.A.B.T.
Retired, American Chemistry Council
 
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Meeting Agendas." Institute of Medicine. 2013. Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12568.
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  John Balbus, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Health Scientist, Program Director
Environmental Defense Fund
 
10:00–10:30 a.m. Discussion with Panelists
 
10:30 a.m. Adjourn Open Session

Meeting Three
Friday, February 15, 2008

Meeting Location:
The National Academies Keck Center
Room 100
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

9:00–9:40 a.m. A Brief History of Uncertainty Analysis and Decision
Making at the EPA
 
  Granger Morgan, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University
 
9:40–10:30 a.m. Uncertainty and Decision Making at the FDA
 
  Robert Buchanan, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Science
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration
 
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Uncertainty and Decision Making: Challenges at the
EPA
 
  Marianne Horinko
The Horinko Group
Formerly, Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste
and Emergency Response, EPA
 
  Lynn Goldman, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of
Public Health
Former, Assistant Administrator for Office of
Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, EPA
 
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Meeting Agendas." Institute of Medicine. 2013. Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12568.
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  Dan Greenbaum
Health Effects Institute
 
12:00–12:30 p.m. Discussion
 
12:30–1:30 p.m. Break for Lunch
 
1:30–3:30 p.m. Community Involvement in EPA Decision Making
Under Uncertainty
 
  Peggy Shepard
Executive Director, West Harlem Environmental
Action, Inc.
 
  Nicky Sheats, Ph.D., J.D.
Director, Center for the Urban Environment
John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy
Thomas Edison State College
 
  Julia Brody, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Silent Spring Institute
 
3:30–4:30 p.m. Discussion with Panelists
 
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Meeting Agendas." Institute of Medicine. 2013. Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12568.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of several federal agencies responsible for protecting Americans against significant risks to human health and the environment. As part of that mission, EPA estimates the nature, magnitude, and likelihood of risks to human health and the environment; identifies the potential regulatory actions that will mitigate those risks and protect public health1 and the environment; and uses that information to decide on appropriate regulatory action. Uncertainties, both qualitative and quantitative, in the data and analyses on which these decisions are based enter into the process at each step. As a result, the informed identification and use of the uncertainties inherent in the process is an essential feature of environmental decision making.

EPA requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convene a committee to provide guidance to its decision makers and their partners in states and localities on approaches to managing risk in different contexts when uncertainty is present. It also sought guidance on how information on uncertainty should be presented to help risk managers make sound decisions and to increase transparency in its communications with the public about those decisions. Given that its charge is not limited to human health risk assessment and includes broad questions about managing risks and decision making, in this report the committee examines the analysis of uncertainty in those other areas in addition to human health risks. Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty explains the statement of task and summarizes the findings of the committee.

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