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Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT A Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2011. Assistance to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command with Preparation of a Risk Assessment for the Medical Countermeasures Test and Evaluation (MCMT&E) Facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland: A Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13161.
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ATTACHMENT A
Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee of experts will review technical input to a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be prepared for the Medical Countermeasures Test and Evaluation Facility (MCMT&E). This facility is intended to be built and operated on area A of Fort Detrick. Technical input may include, but may not be limited to, a proposed work plan for preparing risk assessments as well as information on the selection of agents, scenarios, and models to be used in the risk assessments. The committee may also be asked to review preliminary model results for the quantitative risk assessments and any qualitative assessments developed where data may be insufficient for quantitative modeling. The committee will not perform an independent evaluation of the safety of the MCMT&E facility or the EIS as a whole, but will restrict its findings to assessing the adequacy and validity of the proposed risk assessment methodology and the draft results of any assessments to be incorporated into the EIS.

Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT A Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2011. Assistance to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command with Preparation of a Risk Assessment for the Medical Countermeasures Test and Evaluation (MCMT&E) Facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland: A Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13161.
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The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command plans to construct and operate a new Medical Countermeasures Test and Evaluation facility at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. The facility is intended to handle infectious agents that require safety precautions to the extent of animal biosafety level-3 and -4 and biosafety level-3 and -4. An Army contractor is currently developing a site-specific risk assessment as part of the process to support construction of the proposed facility. This letter report presents an evaluation of the proposed approach to conducting the risk assessment, and offers guidance on the selection of pathogenic agents, scenarios, and assessment approaches.

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