WASHINGTON — Aiming to reform its policies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) has enlisted one of the biggest guns in the federal arsenal to help: The National Academy of Sciences
, according to a press release
On Tuesday, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and National Academy of Sciences President Ralph Cicerone launched an effort to develop the so-called Green Book, a project to ensure all EPA policies are driven by sustainability, the release stated.
The effort is reminiscent of the 1983 Red Book, written by the National Research Council
to develop a strategy of risk assessment to guide the agency''s policies, the release noted.
According to the release, that project triggered a dramatic shift in how the EPA developed regulations, focusing for the first time on scientifically evaluating risks to human health and the environment.
Paul Anastas, EPA''s assistant administrator for research and development, said a new strategy focusing on sustainability is a necessary but challenging step in the "evolution" of the nation''s environmental laws and programs.
"This is no small shift. This is a seismic shift in how we pursue our mission. We are under no illusion that it will happen by next Tuesday," Anastas added.