Jump to main content.


Review of Documents Related to Risks and Benfits of Fish Consumption and Mercury

Posted Date : 22 June 2012; revised 24 July 2012

Procurement Office: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Headquarters Procurement Operations Division (3803R) 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington , DC 20460

1. Title of Procurement:
Review of Documents Related to Risks and Benfits of Fish Consumption and Mercury

2.Procurement Number:
N/A

3. Description:

EPA's Office oe Water seeks to issue a sole source procurement to Dr. Alan Steran for a Review of Documents Related to Risks and Benfits of Fish Consumption and Mercury. The tasks involved and the sole source justification are set forth below.

 

Statement of Work for Dr. Alan Stern

 

Background

Over the past several years, new research has been published on the risks and benefits of fish consumption, including new quantitative approaches to assessing risks and benefits of fish consumption. These quantitative approaches could potentially result in changes to public health policy related to fish consumption recommendations. Therefore, it is important that EPA maintains a current understanding of the new research and potential implications for its programs.

Tasks
Upon approval of this contract, the contractor shall provide EPA with comprehensive written reviews and comments with respect to the following areas of interest: 
1. The contractor shall review new quantitative approaches to weighing risks and benefits of fish consumption and provide comprehensive written comments with respect to the extent to which new and novel approaches to assessing risks and benefits of fish consumption are scientifically credible and could result in improved protection of the overall health of fish consumers.

Deliverables

EPA requests draft written comments no later than 5 days following the contractor’s receipt of materials for review, and final comments due no later than 5 days following receipt of EPA comments on the draft comments.

 

Additional Documentation

EPA expects to provide documents related EPA’s reviews periodically between approval of this contract and May 31, 2013, which represents the period of performance for this contract.

(All documents, reviews and communications between EPA and the contractor are considered strictly Confidential).

Sole Source Justification for Dr. Alan Stern

Review of Documents Related to Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption and Mercury  

Dr Alan Stern is uniquely qualified to perform the tasks associated with the SOW. Dr. Stern is widely respected as a National and International expert on matters related to methylmercury risk assessment and risks and benefits of fish consumption, which is the focus of the tasks included in this SOW. Dr. Stern has published extensively on matters related to methylmercury risk assessment and risks and benefits of fish consumption, served on several prestigious panels related to these topics, and has served as Peer Reviewer on several methylmercury related risk assessments and studies which are referenced and interpreted by authors of many studies related to the tasks in the SOW. Further, Dr. Stern provided consultant services to EPA as related to the agency’s initial 2009 review of the original FDA documents as well as the 2011 and 2012 EPA reviews of documents related to risks and benefits of consuming mercury contaminated fish.

 

Shown below is a sampling of Dr. Stern's specific relevant unique experience which is necessary in order to conduct a credible review as required in the SOW:

1. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES/NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND PEER-REVIEW:

- Peer-review of Seafood Choices: Balancing Benefits and Risks

- Committee on Toxicological Effects of Methylmercury

2. OTHER PANELS AND PEER REVIEWS:

- Plenary Panel – Health Effects: Eight International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant

- White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Workshop of Scientific Issues - Relevant to Assessment of Health Effects from Exposure to Methylmercury

3. In addition, Dr. Stern has published extensively on matters related to methylmercury risk assessment and risks and benefits of fish consumption, which is the subject of the tasks included in the SOW

As stated above, EPA intends to award this procurement on a sole source basis. Nevertheless, if any vendor feels they are capable of performing this work, they must submit evidence of such capability within 10 days of this posting. Telephone calls and/or requests for a solicitation will not be accepted or acknowledged. All responses should be sent via email to dawson.paul@epa.gov

 

| Forecast Database | Contractor Forum | Contracting Policies | Active Contracts | Small Business Guidance | Resources | About OAM | Glossary | FAQs | OAM Home |


Local Navigation


Jump to main content.