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Letter Report on a Technical Peer Review of the Buzzards Bay Risk Assessment (2013)

Chapter: Enclosure A: Acknowledgment of Reviewers

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Suggested Citation:"Enclosure A: Acknowledgment of Reviewers." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2013. Letter Report on a Technical Peer Review of the Buzzards Bay Risk Assessment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/22480.
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47 Enclosure A Acknowledgment of Reviewers This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential, to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. Thanks are extended to the following individuals for their review of this report: Paul Cojeen, U.S. Coast Guard (retired); Jerome Cura, Woods Hole Group; Robert A. Frosch, NAE, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Captain Douglas J. Grubbs, Crescent River Port Pilots Association, Louisiana; Jason R.W. Merrick, Virginia Commonwealth University; James G. Quinn, University of Rhode Island; Steven J. Scalzo, Foss Maritime Holdings; and Carl Wunsch, NAS, Harvard University. Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Christopher Whipple, NAE, Environ, and Susan Hanson, NAS, Clark University. Appointed by the National Research Council, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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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.

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