April 1, 2022
Gradient’s Dr. Barbara D. Beck was quoted in an InsideEPA.com article entitled, “Science Advisors Praise EPA’s Cumulative Analysis Goals But Doubt Ability” published on March 4, 2022.
The above article continues discussions and follows a previous white paper on the topic. The Science Advisory Board (SAB), of which Dr. Beck is a member, and EPA have had ongoing consultation on cumulative impacts analysis research gaps and needs. US EPA Administrator Michael Regan prioritized cumulative impacts analysis “as a way to try to advance Environmental Justice (EJ) in decision making at EPA.” The article contains details of the SAB members’ views on ways in which the agency “might begin to use cumulative impacts analysis in the near term and also for recommendations to address the major scientific and research gaps EPA will have to overcome in order to integrate cumulative impacts into its work.”