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Appendix A Statement of Task A National Research Council committee will evaluate human health risks and the potential for conducting a cumulative risk assessment for phthalate es- ters. The committee will review critical scientific data and address questions related to human relevance of experimental data, modes of action, exposure in- formation, dose-response assessment, and the potential for cumulative effects. In its evaluation, the committee will consider the strengths and weaknesses of cu- mulative assessment approaches. The committee will provide recommendations to EPA on conducting a cumulative risk assessment on phthalate chemicals, including additional research needed. The committee shall consider the applica- bility of its recommendations for conducting cumulative risk assessment for other chemical classes. 141