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From page 28...
... The program must, however, include mechanisms for seeking rapid confirmation of important observations and for the rapid implementation of studies that seek to test new hypotheses that appear especially relevant. The research agenda brings together appropriate government agencies with history and expertise in the issue.
From page 29...
... 2~. In that section, the program is said to "adopt the hypothesis that exposure to electric or magnetic fields under some conditions may lead to unacceptable risk to human health." The goal of the program is then restated as "not only to test, as far as possible within the statutory time limits, that hypothesis for those serious health effects already identified, but to identify as far as possible the special conditions that lead to elevated risk and to recommend measures to manage risk." The second goal identified by the EMF-RAPID program focuses on techniques to mitigate risks not yet demonstrated.
From page 30...
... Education of the media and public about the process of scientific research and about issues of relative risk seems essential for reducing public apprehension. For a program clearly directed toward the performance of a risk assessment for an environmental agent, a clear weakness in the program strategy is the absence of details in the methodology to be used in its risk assessment.
From page 31...
... Stakeholders in the public and private sectors often place inordinate faith in the dual premises that, at the end of the 5-year EMF-RAPID effort, a credible risk assessment process can be completed, and that risk assessment will answer the question of the safety of exposures to environmental Ed. We think it unlikely that sufficient data and knowledge will be acquired in the short time allocated to the performance of the research program to enable the completion of a meaningful risk assessment.
From page 32...
... This is combined with a more specific focus on cocarcinogenesis and melatonin effects in animal studies. Although this strategy has gaps and omissions, it represents a solid middle approach; it follows the most intriguing data and the most reasonable hypotheses.

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