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The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is the scientific research arm of EPA, whose leading-edge research helps provide the solid underpinning of science and technology for the Agency. ORD supports six research programs that identify the most pressing environmental health research needs with input from EPA offices, partners and stakeholders. Strategic Research Action Plans outline the research under way in the programs. The research is conducted by ORD’s three national laboratories, four national centers, and two offices located in 14 facilities across the country and in Washington, D.C.

Mission: EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment.

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11/25/2020
Cranberry Bog Bioreactor Nitrogen Reduction Project

Do fall flavors and a Thanksgiving meal involve delicious cranberries turned into sauce?
Our scientists have been working with partners in Cape Cod, MA, to support cranberry farmers in managing nutrients with an innovative engineering research project involving nitrogen-removing microbes! Watch this video produced by our partners at the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition and hear one of our experts, Dr. Tim Gleason: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMeAeTH3Sco
#CranberryBogRestoration #CapeCodBogs #CapeCodNutrients

The network of cranberry bogs at the headwaters of the Marstons Mills River in Barnstable, MA is home to a significant amount of groundwater discharge and up...

Emergency responders and hazmat teams are concerned about potential exposure to fentanyl while responding to opioid rela...
11/24/2020

Emergency responders and hazmat teams are concerned about potential exposure to fentanyl while responding to opioid related incidents. Our researchers are working closely with EPA responders to ensure that federal, state, tribal, and local responders and hazmat teams are prepared with the best science to respond to incidents that involve synthetic opioids, including fentanyl.
Read more in our Science Matters newsletter:
https://www.epa.gov/sciencematters/epa-researchers-are-working-determine-best-ways-clean-fentanyl-contaminated-surfaces

Applications are open now through 2/19/21 for the President’s Environmental Youth Award, which recognizes outstanding en...
11/20/2020

Applications are open now through 2/19/21 for the President’s Environmental Youth Award, which recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects from Kindergarten through 12th grade by promoting environmental awareness and community involvement.
For more information:
https://www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award
#EnvironmentalEducation #STEM #STEAM

Are you an innovative, eco-minded college student with ideas and designs to protect the planet?  Learn how you can fund ...
11/19/2020

Are you an innovative, eco-minded college student with ideas and designs to protect the planet? Learn how you can fund those ideas with #EPAp3, join our informational webinar on December 2, 2:00PM (ET) to learn more about the design competition. Our program experts will also be available to answer questions following the presentation. Register for the webinar at this link: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/18th-annual-people-prosperity-and-planet-p3-national-student-design-competition

Fresh water is a valuable asset for drinking water, agriculture, industry, and aquatic life. When mineral or nutrient le...
11/18/2020

Fresh water is a valuable asset for drinking water, agriculture, industry, and aquatic life. When mineral or nutrient levels such as nitrogen and phosphorus get too high, harmful algal blooms can occur and water can become toxic to people, livestock and aquatic life and for use in agricultural and industrial processes. Our experts developed a tool to help visualize water freshness in US streams by using color-coded maps.

Learn more about the Freshwater Explorer on our 11/19, 3PM ET free training webinar. For details and to register, visit: https://www.epa.gov/research-states/epa-training-webinar-freshwater-explorer

Masters level or Doctoral students in NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program - bring your skills to our team! Join o...
11/18/2020

Masters level or Doctoral students in NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program - bring your skills to our team! Join our experts - check out the possible projects as you explore being an #NSF #GRFPINTERN at EPA:
https://www.epa.gov/research-fellowships/us-epa-graduate-student-internship-opportunities-partnership-national-science

While there's no formal deadline for the #NSF #GRFPINTERN at EPA, start planning now and apply soon, so you can join our experts by the summer of 2021.

NOTE: Current GRIP projects can be used for the GRFP INTERN Program. Contact a project lead or [email protected] for more information.

Our #DrinkingWater models and tools can help communities achieve compliance with regulations, evaluate different treatme...
11/17/2020

Our #DrinkingWater models and tools can help communities achieve compliance with regulations, evaluate different treatment approaches, and design infrastructure replacement programs.

We have Drinking Water models and tools that can identify ways to build resilience to disasters and can be used to help determine if there is potential for contaminants, such as lead or Legionella in premise plumbing within buildings & homes.

Hear an overview of these models and tools, an explanation of when and how they can be used and the types of #DrinkingWater challenges that they can help solve on our #EPAtools webinar on 11/18 at 3PM (ET). For more details: https://www.epa.gov/research-states/epa-tools-resources-webinar-drinking-water-models-and-tools

Creating resilient water utilities is the focus of this month’s Small Systems webinar! Two of our experts share tools an...
11/16/2020

Creating resilient water utilities is the focus of this month’s Small Systems webinar! Two of our experts share tools and resources that community water systems can use to meet the risk and resilience assessment requirements of America’s Water Infrastructure Act. Plus hear an overview of our initiative to assist water utilities with increase their resilience to extreme weather.

Register for the Nov 17, 2PM ET webinar now: https://www.epa.gov/water-research/small-systems-monthly-webinar-series

Sunday kicks off the 41st annual Society of Environmental toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Annual meeting....
11/13/2020
EPA Research at SETAC North America 41st Annual Meeting | US EPA

Sunday kicks off the 41st annual Society of Environmental toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Annual meeting. Our experts will be sharing their #SaferChemicalsResearch with presentations about New Approach Methods (#NAMs), PFAS, aquatic ecosystem health, endocrine disruption, computational toxicology and exposure, high-throughput toxicology, and complex systems science. If you are attending the conference this year, check out our event page to see the schedule of our presentations: https://www.epa.gov/research/epa-research-setac-north-america-41st-annual-meeting #SETACScicon2

SETAC annual meeting where EPA scientists will present their research.

On this day, we honor all current and former members of the armed services including our 1,462 veterans serving at EPA. ...
11/11/2020

On this day, we honor all current and former members of the armed services including our 1,462 veterans serving at EPA. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
#VeteransDay

In September, over 3,000 drinking water professionals met virtually for our 17th Annual Drinking Water Workshop. Trainin...
11/10/2020

In September, over 3,000 drinking water professionals met virtually for our 17th Annual Drinking Water Workshop. Trainings and technical talks provided in-depth information on solutions and strategies for handling small drinking water system challenges with a focus on monitoring, distribution, source, and treatment. You can still watch recordings of all the presentations online: https://www.epa.gov/water-research/agenda-17th-annual-epa-drinking-water-workshop-virtual #epasdsw20 #WaterWednesday

We are committed to making our science accessible to the public, federal organizations, states, and tribes. That’s why w...
11/10/2020

We are committed to making our science accessible to the public, federal organizations, states, and tribes. That’s why we’ve made improvements to two online resources for accessing our science. Find tools for making environmental decisions or conducting research with SMaRT Search, or search our database of publications with Science Inventory.

Learn more about these resources and how we’re contributing to open, accessible research: https://www.epa.gov/sciencematters/improving-public-access-epas-science

How do you provide hands-on bio sampling experience without spending the time and money for a full-scale exercise? Our r...
11/09/2020

How do you provide hands-on bio sampling experience without spending the time and money for a full-scale exercise?
Our researchers developed a virtual-reality based training tool for responders to move through a full-scale environment when real-time training is not ideal. This tool simulates challenges trainees may face in a real-life disaster.

Learn about this alternative training solution for #EmergencyResponders on our free webinar on 11/12 at 2PM (ET). For details and to register, visit: https://www.epa.gov/homeland-security-research/homeland-security-research-webinar-series

Throughout our agency's history, we've collaborated with external parties to address high priority environmental and pub...
11/04/2020
EPA Works with States, Tribes, and Communities to Protect Public Health and the Environment | US EPA

Throughout our agency's history, we've collaborated with external parties to address high priority environmental and public health challenges. Read about a few successful collaborations with states, tribes, and communities that have provided the research and technical support to address local environmental issues.

Throughout its history, EPA has collaborated with external parties to address high priority environmental and public health challenges.

Have you recently tested positive for #COVID19 and are over the age of 18? You may be eligible to participate and receiv...
10/29/2020
Welcome to the EPA Clinical Studies

Have you recently tested positive for #COVID19 and are over the age of 18?

You may be eligible to participate and receive compensation for our study on a non-invasive test to help identify the spread of #COVID19 in the U.S. population.

To learn more about our Salivary Antibody Assay to Assess Community Infection study, please https://epastudies.org/public/epastudies/SelectedStudies.aspx#COVID

The purpose of the research study is to examine the efficacy of fish oil and olive oil in changing cardiovascular and pulmonary functions after ozone exposure. Healthy, nonsmoking, moderately physically active, adults ages 18 to 35 will be given dietary supplementation of fish oil or olive oil or no...

Now Available! The Final Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Oxides of Nitrogen, Oxides of Sulfur and Particulate Ma...
10/27/2020

Now Available! The Final Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Oxides of Nitrogen, Oxides of Sulfur and Particulate Matter- Ecological Criteria.

This ISA provides the scientific foundation necessary for review of ecological effects associated with the secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for these three criteria pollutants.

Access here: https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/isa/recordisplay.cfm?deid=349473

October is Children's Health Month! Our EPA community works together with partners to address environmental impacts on c...
10/26/2020

October is Children's Health Month!
Our EPA community works together with partners to address environmental impacts on children and tackle the obstacles to protect children’s environmental health. Over the years, our funding has helped researchers investigate critical questions about the role of environmental toxicants in the development of health impacts. Read about some of the impacts of that research: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-10/documents/niehs_epa_childrens_centers_impact_report_2017_0.pdf?pdf=chidrens-center-report #ChildrensHealthMonth #EPAstar

New Funding Opportunity: We are seeking research assessing the effectiveness of various types of interventions in reduci...
10/23/2020
Interventions and Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Risks of Wildland Fire Smoke Exposures | US EPA

New Funding Opportunity: We are seeking research assessing the effectiveness of various types of interventions in reducing exposures and/or health risks of wildland fire smoke exposure at the individual or community level and developing and assessing the effectiveness of health risk communication strategies in supporting actions to reduce wildland fire smoke exposure. Apply today through December 15.

City and community leaders can better prepare and plan for the energy use in the future with our COMET energy optimizati...
10/16/2020

City and community leaders can better prepare and plan for the energy use in the future with our COMET energy optimization model. Our researchers developed the City-based Optimization Model for Energy Technologies (COMET) to help city officials and urban planners balance their community’s energy demand, economic development, and environmental goals when considering energy policies. Learn more about how to use COMET to find practical energy solutions. https://epa.gov/air-research/city-based-optimization-model-energy-technologies-comet

Research through the years – in the 1980’s and the 1990’s our experts did extensive genetic research on crops. Here, one...
10/15/2020

Research through the years – in the 1980’s and the 1990’s our experts did extensive genetic research on crops. Here, one of our researchers excises bands of DNA on a non-UV transilluminator, a step commonly used at the time to purify DNA in preparation for cloning and sequencing.
This work was part of the “Gene Flow Project” at our Corvallis, OR research lab. Using tools of molecular biology, scientists verified that pollen containing engineered genes moved long distances from genetically modified crops onto plants in nearby wild areas, and altered the genetic makeup of seeds that formed. They used encased “mesocosm” bubbles that isolate the plants and the air to study this effect.
The award-winning gene research received international attention, and showed that genetically modified crops could have an unintended effect on plants growing up to 21 km away.
#FlashbackFriday

Last year EPA committed to eliminate mammalian studies by 2035. New Approach Methods (NAMs) are being developed and used...
10/14/2020
Second Annual Conference on the State of Science on Development and Use of NAMs for Chemical Safety Testing | US EPA

Last year EPA committed to eliminate mammalian studies by 2035. New Approach Methods (NAMs) are being developed and used to evaluate the potential risks of chemicals and assess potential impacts on the environment.

NAMs also have the potential to provide faster and more human-relevant information on potential chemical risks. If you’re interested in learning about the latest NAMs research, then register to join us and EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention on October 19 – 20th for our free virtual annual conference.

For details on the 2nd Annual Conference on the State of the Science on Development and use of NAMs for Chemical Safety Testing please visit: https://www.epa.gov/chemical-research/second-annual-conference-state-science-development-and-use-nams-chemical-safety-0

Page with information about the Second Annual Conference on the State of Science on Development and Use of NAMs for Chemical Safety Testing

Did you hear? The American Chemical Society's Chemical Abstracts Service informed 2 of our experts that in their #PFAS p...
10/13/2020

Did you hear? The American Chemical Society's Chemical Abstracts Service informed 2 of our experts that in their #PFAS paper new per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances were identified & received a unique CAS Registry Number. The CAS registry gives a unique identifier for chemicals. It is the largest repository of chemical information accessed from people all over the world. Congratulations to #EPAers and Chemists Drs. James McCord and Mark Strynar, here they are next to equipment they use in their #PFAS research
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.8b06017

Congratulations to #EPAer Nick Dugan recognized with the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association’s 2020 Sad...
10/09/2020

Congratulations to #EPAer Nick Dugan recognized with the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association’s 2020 Sadzewicz Award for his cryptosporidium and cyanobacteria research and technical efforts to support safe public #DrinkingWater:

Learn more about Nick's #STEMcareer as an environmental engineer: https://www.epa.gov/sciencematters/meet-epa-researcher-nick-dugan

Interested in reading the research? Here's Nick's latest #HABs #DrinkingWater research, "The Impacts of Potassium Permanganate and Powdered Activated Carbon on Cyanotoxin Release" in the Journal of American Water Works Association: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6503685/

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