EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB)

Ecological Assessment Action Plan

EPA Designated Federal Officer (DFO):Thomas Armitage
Responsible Committee/Panel:Ecological Processes and Effects Committee Augmented for Review of the Ecological Assessment Action PlanA list of members can be found in the final report included in the Advisory Activity linked to this panel or committee.

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In response to recommendations in a 2007 SAB Report, “Advice to EPA on Advancing the Science and Application of Ecological Risk Assessment in Environmental Decision-Making” (EPA-SAB-08-002), the EPA Risk Assessment Forum in the Office of the Science Advisor held an EPA ecological assessment colloquium and developed an action plan, “Integrating Ecological Assessment and Decision-Making at EPA, 2011 RAF Ecological Assessment Action Plan (August, 11, 2011).” The action plan proposes initiatives to improve the quality, scope, and application of the EPA’s ecological assessments.

EPA’s Office of the Science Advisor has requested that the SAB review the Agency’s ecological assessment action plan and related background documents, and provide advice on the technical merit and implementation of proposed initiatives.

Agency Charge . (PDF, 6 pp., 609,404 bytes)

Agency Review Document(s):

PDF for Integrating Ecological Assessment and Decision-making at EPA, RAF Ecological Assessment Action Plan (August 11, 2011). (PDF, 4 pp., 194,580 bytes)

PDF for RAF Ecological Risk Assessment Communication Technical Panel Workplan (May 2011). (PDF, 1 pp., 11,993 bytes)

PDF for RAF Incorporating Ecosystem Services as Assessment Endpoints for Ecological Risk Assessments Technical Panel (August, 2010). (PDF, 1 pp., 42,848 bytes)