Society For Risk Analysis Annual Meeting 2017

Session Schedule & Abstracts

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Roundtable: What is the Optimal Approach to Organizing Governmental Risk-Related Science Advisory Processes

Room: Salon 1   1:30 pm–3:00 pm

Chair(s): Bernard Goldstein

Sponsored by Risk Policy and Law Specialty Group

Recent activities by both Congress and by EPA Administrator Pruitt provide an opportunity to evaluate approaches for organizing risk-related scientific advisory processes for regulatory agencies. The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act has been passed by the US House of Representatives and is awaiting action in the US Senate, which may or may or may not be forthcoming. These have generated media interest and controversy and some have characterized these actions as unnecessarily politicizing science and decreasing the likelihood of the involvement of knowledgeable academic scientists in EPA review processes. Others have pointed out that there is a need to broaden scientific representation in diverse fields, and to improve procedures for balancing perspectives and perceived biases on EPA scientific advisory panels. The Roundtable participants will be asked to focus on the underlying principles that should guide the science advisory processes for the optimal provision of scientific advice on risk-related issues to a regulatory agency.

Speakers: J Arvai, N Beck, RA Denison, BD Goldstein, KW White, T Yosie

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