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The Science Policy Council (SPC) serves as a mechanism for addressing EPA's many significant science policy issues that go beyond regional and program boundaries. With a goal of integrating policies that guide Agency decision-makers in their use of scientific and technical information, the SPC works to implement and ensure the success of selected initiatives recommended by external advisory bodies such as the National Research Council and the Science Advisory Board, as well as others such as the Congress, industry and environmental groups, and Agency staff. In this way, the SPC contributes guidance for selected EPA regulatory and enforcement policies and decisions.
The Science Advisor to the Agency chairs the SPC, which is comprised of senior managers from EPA programs, regions, and laboratories. The SPC is supported by a Steering Committee of Agency managers and scientific staff, ad hoc working groups formed to study specific topics, EPA's Risk Assessment Forum, and a small staff from the Office of Science Advisor.