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6 A Path Forward for Science for Environmental Protection
Pages 104-106

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From page 104...
... During the course of five decades and despite significant resource constraints, ORD has taken innovative steps to advance the quality and timeliness of its science, while addressing the immediate science needs of EPA's various environmental protection programs for air, water, and land. This has included innovations such as ToxCast for toxicity screening, lowercost air-quality sensors for exposure assessment, and initial efforts to apply systems thinking to some of the challenges EPA faces.
From page 105...
... The committee sees investment in this proactive science not as detracting from support of EPA environmental protection programs, but rather as a critical investment that can position ORD's support for all of the programs to be ready, with the best science, to confront new and emerging environmental challenges. The committee also recognizes that it is calling on ORD to make these important, proactive investments amidst a trend of diminishing resources and the need to provide support to fulfill EPA's ongoing responsibilities to implement specific statutory mandates.
From page 106...
... Above all, implementing the changes that the committee recommends -- applying systems thinking to a One Environment–One Health approach -- will require insightful and sustained leadership from ORD, and ultimately EPA as a whole. While a number of the committee's recommendations can begin to be implemented in incremental fashion, successfully revamping ORD's approach to innovative and anticipatory research will require ORD to revolutionize the way it does business, making sustained, progressive improvements each year, and in each strategic planning cycle.

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