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

Chapter: Enclosure B: Committee to Review the Buzzards Bay Maritime Risk Assessment

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Suggested Citation:"Enclosure B: Committee to Review the Buzzards Bay Maritime Risk Assessment." 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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48 Enclosure B Committee to Review the Buzzards Bay Maritime Risk Assessment Committee Paul S. Fischbeck, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chair William L. Hurley, Jr., Glosten Associates, Seattle, Washington Thomas M. Leschine, University of Washington, Seattle Milton Levenson, NAE, Consultant, Menlo Park, California R. Keith Michel, Webb Institute, Glen Cove, New York Ali Mosleh, NAE, University of Maryland, College Park Malcolm L. Spaulding, University of Rhode Island (Emeritus), Narragansett TRB Staff Beverly Huey, Study Director Stephen Godwin, Division Director, Studies and Special Programs Timothy Devlin, Senior Program Assistant

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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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