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  Mercury Research Strategy (PDF) (77 pp, 2.11 MB) (EPA/600/R-00/073) September 2000

The Mercury Research Strategy (MRS) guides the Office of Research and Development (ORD) mercury research program. Mercury has been identified as an important human health and environmental problem in a number of EPA documents, such as:

This strategy covers fiscal years 2001 through 2005. It summarizes the human health and ecological risks posed by mercury and methylmercury, and indicates that mercury needs to be considered on local, regional, and global scales.

This strategy identifies the key scientific questions of greatest importance to EPA. It then describes a research program to answer those questions. The goal of the MRS is to reduce the scientific uncertainties that limit EPA’s ability to assess and manage mercury and methylmercury risks. ORD will use the MRS to develop a multi-year implementation plan in fiscal year 2001 for its mercury research program.

In conducting the mercury research program, in-house research efforts by ORD’s laboratories and assessment center will be coupled with those of ORD’s Science to Achieve Results STAR grants program. The STAR program sponsors extramural research with academic institutions and other not-for-profit entities. Also, some of the research described in the MRS will be undertaken in cooperation with organizations such as the Department of Energy and the U.S. Geological Survey. The MRS provides information on research needs and priorities that can be used by various stakeholders outside of EPA, including researchers in other federal agencies, states, private industry, not-for-profit organizations, and academia. It may well assist them in planning their own mercury research activities and programs. Finally, the MRS suggests that other scientific data and information not generally considered research are needed, such as inventories of sources and routine multimedia monitoring.


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