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Scientific Tools to Support Sustainable Decision Making

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A cleaner, less polluted environment is one that is healthy, sustainable and productive for communities. We strive for minimal risks and maximum benefits to society, the economy and the environment.

Our environmental systems approach recognizes that industry and consumer activities have an impact on the environment, that environmentally protective actions affect consumers & industry and that each part of this system affects the whole. To pursue sustainable policies and practices, EPA, states, tribes and local communities need the right scientific tools to weigh environmental decisions based on a solid evaluation of cross-system impacts and consequences.

This diagram provides links to scientific tools that support decision-making for our environmental, economic and social goals.