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... Despite ongoing advances in technologies, safety protocols, and enforcement of more stringent regulations, oil spills continue to occur as the result of human error, mechanical failures, natural events, and accidents. Looking forward, it will take decades for the United States to transition away from fossil fuel energy sources and other petroleum products.
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... Provide organizational guidance regarding the implementation of the research plan, including advice on research prioritization, identification of topics best addressed through a research partner ship among the Federal agencies represented on the Interagency Committee, and recommendations for future ICCOPR Research and Technology Plan development. THE COMMITTEE'S ASSESSMENT The 2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan (R&T Plan)
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... Prioritization would benefit from a risk-based approach that weights end-user poten tial and likelihood to incorporate research findings into practice, therefore improving oil spill prevention, preparedness, response, and injury assessment and restoration. Adequacy of Content The committee concluded that five of the eight requirements for the 2022-2027 R&T Plan listed in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
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... Second, the time allotted for information gathering and priority setting is insufficient for such a large body of research. The information-gathering process could be streamlined, and outreach efforts could be expanded to create a more robust and transparent R&T Plan, as well as to facilitate collaboration and coordination of research efforts among federal agencies and the wider oil spill response community.
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... CONCLUSION Coordinated research efforts to advance knowledge and capacity related to oil spill prevention, preparedness, response, mitigation, and restoration and recovery are necessary for protection of the environment and the people and communities who rely on the environment and its resources. Acknowledgment of important gaps in oil pollution research and technology, and provision of research funding to fill those gaps, will lead to improved knowledge, capacity, and regulations to safeguard the environment and protect life.

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