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Briefing Date:02/21/2013
Topic:Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Committee on Decision Making Under Uncertainty

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Congressional Briefing
Thursday, February 21, 2013
2319 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 11:00 a.m.

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Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty

This new report, from the Institute of Medicine, provides guidance to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its partners in states and localities on approaches to managing risk in different contexts when uncertainty is present. It also provides guidance on how information on uncertainty should be presented to help risk managers make sound decisions and to increase transparency in communications with the public about those decisions. Given that the IOM Committee’s charge was not limited to human health risk assessment and includes broad questions about managing risks and decision making, the report examines the analysis of uncertainty in areas beyond human health risks as well.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on February 8, 2013 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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