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The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is the scientific research arm of EPA. Its leading-edge research informs Agency decisions and supports the emerging needs of EPA stakeholders, including the Agency’s state, tribal, and community partners. In 2019 ORD restructured for the first time in 25 years to better address the increasingly complex environmental challenges of the 21st century. ORD's

The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is the scientific research arm of EPA. Its leading-edge research informs Agency decisions and supports the emerging needs of EPA stakeholders, including the Agency’s state, tribal, and community partners. In 2019 ORD restructured for the first time in 25 years to better address the increasingly complex environmental challenges of the 21st century. ORD's

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Today, we honor and recognize those who have served in our country’s armed forces. We are forever grateful for their ser...
11/11/2021

Today, we honor and recognize those who have served in our country’s armed forces. We are forever grateful for their service and bravery.

We are honored to have veterans on staff at EPA who are not only dedicated to serving our country but who work tirelessly to protect the environmental health of communities across the country.

Today, we honor and recognize those who have served in our country’s armed forces. We are forever grateful for their service and bravery.

We are honored to have veterans on staff at EPA who are not only dedicated to serving our country but who work tirelessly to protect the environmental health of communities across the country.

Reclaiming and reusing wastewater can significantly expand the total available water resources, although the presence of...
11/10/2021
EPA Awards $6 Million in Funding to Research Human Viruses Found in Wastewater Intended for Reuse | US EPA

Reclaiming and reusing wastewater can significantly expand the total available water resources, although the presence of viral pathogens can pose a public health concern, especially with traditional sewage treatment approaches. Our grantees are investigating new methods for detection and treatment of viruses in wastewater to ensure public health protection while reducing the risk of viral pathogens: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-6-million-funding-research-human-viruses-found-wastewater-intended-reuse

EPA News Release: EPA Awards $6 Million in Funding to Research Human Viruses Found in Wastewater Intended for Reuse

The growing rate of groundwater extraction demands the need for improved methods to augment water supplies and increase ...
11/09/2021
Life-Cycle Analysis to Support Cost-Effective Enhanced Aquifer Recharge Request for Applications (RFA) | US EPA

The growing rate of groundwater extraction demands the need for improved methods to augment water supplies and increase water security. We are awarding research funding to develop tools & models for implementing EAR as a viable, safe, and cost-effective water management strategy. Apply now for our #EPAstar grant opportunity: Life-Cycle Analysis to Support Cost-Effective Enhanced Aquifer Recharge RFA. https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/life-cycle-analysis-support-cost-effective-enhanced-aquifer-recharge-request

New RFA for SSWR Researchers to create new tools for Enhanced Aquifer Recharge

Shout out to the eight UC Riverside students who participated in our 5 week Summer Virtual Internship with the Universit...
11/08/2021

Shout out to the eight UC Riverside students who participated in our 5 week Summer Virtual Internship with the University and City of Riverside, CA - City Government. For many of the students, it was a first #STEM apprenticeship and mentors shared new #STEMcareer paths rooted in community engagement and environmental stewardship. The students’ projects focused on anaerobic digestion and food waste diversion recovery efforts for communities within the city of Riverside. Learn more about our longstanding relationship supporting the UC Riverside students explore #EnvironmentalCareers in this article from last year: https://insideucr.ucr.edu/stories/2020/08/12/ucr-career-center-creates-new-internship-opportunities
#NationalSTEMDay #STEMDay

Shout out to the eight UC Riverside students who participated in our 5 week Summer Virtual Internship with the University and City of Riverside, CA - City Government. For many of the students, it was a first #STEM apprenticeship and mentors shared new #STEMcareer paths rooted in community engagement and environmental stewardship. The students’ projects focused on anaerobic digestion and food waste diversion recovery efforts for communities within the city of Riverside. Learn more about our longstanding relationship supporting the UC Riverside students explore #EnvironmentalCareers in this article from last year: https://insideucr.ucr.edu/stories/2020/08/12/ucr-career-center-creates-new-internship-opportunities
#NationalSTEMDay #STEMDay

11/08/2021

One hour, once a month, #STEMprofessionals from our Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center in Cincinnati mentor 6th graders from Rockdale Academy, through the Adopt-a-Class program, connecting with students through #STEM, crafts (#STEAM) and conversation! https://aacmentors.org/ #STEMDay Cincinnati Public Schools

Kudos to our experts involved in the  Monthly STEM Electives with W.G. Pearson Elementary in Durham, NC. Once a month, o...
11/08/2021

Kudos to our experts involved in the Monthly STEM Electives with W.G. Pearson Elementary in Durham, NC. Once a month, our STEM professionals visit 3rd and 5th grade classrooms to present a new #STEM topic. Here, AJ Blackburn (ORAU Student Services Contractor) demonstrates basic tree ID and the benefits of trees to Durham Public Schools 5th grade students at W.G. Pearson. #STEMDay

Kudos to our experts involved in the Monthly STEM Electives with W.G. Pearson Elementary in Durham, NC. Once a month, our STEM professionals visit 3rd and 5th grade classrooms to present a new #STEM topic. Here, AJ Blackburn (ORAU Student Services Contractor) demonstrates basic tree ID and the benefits of trees to Durham Public Schools 5th grade students at W.G. Pearson. #STEMDay

Shout out to our Research Triangle Park (RTP) Community Engagement and STEM Program for successfully piloting the Rivers...
11/08/2021

Shout out to our Research Triangle Park (RTP) Community Engagement and STEM Program for successfully piloting the Riverside High School Mentorship Program during the 2020-2021 academic year. Our STEM professionals were mentors to 14 students, meeting with them 6 times over the year. The Program and mentoring continues this year supporting the Durham Public School students at Riverside explore #STEMcareer pathways! #STEMDay

Shout out to our Research Triangle Park (RTP) Community Engagement and STEM Program for successfully piloting the Riverside High School Mentorship Program during the 2020-2021 academic year. Our STEM professionals were mentors to 14 students, meeting with them 6 times over the year. The Program and mentoring continues this year supporting the Durham Public School students at Riverside explore #STEMcareer pathways! #STEMDay

11/08/2021

This year, as we recognize #NationalSTEMDay we want to acknowledge the energy, passion, and expertise that our staff bring as mentors to those considering #STEMcareers.
We’ll share several programs and efforts to support the next generation of #STEM professionals who are eager to make a difference not only in their local communities but on a larger scale too.

Millions of cubic yards of sediment are dredged from navigation channels and harbors yearly. Much of this dredged materi...
11/05/2021
Finding Beneficial Uses for Sediment Dredged from Waterways

Millions of cubic yards of sediment are dredged from navigation channels and harbors yearly. Much of this dredged material is safe to use in construction, habitat restoration, and more. Learn how our researchers expanded a U.S. EPA Region 5 (Great Lakes Region) tool to help states and federal agencies decide how to use dredged material. https://www.epa.gov/sciencematters/finding-beneficial-uses-sediment-dredged-waterways

EPA researchers developed a tool that helps state and federal agencies and port authorities make decisions for managing dredged material.

11/04/2021

Low-income, minority communities and indigenous peoples are often disproportionately burdened with environmental and health challenges. Because of this, communities face additional risks from environmental issues like #ClimateChange.

Our funding opportunity, Cumulative Health Impacts at the Intersection of #ClimateChange, #EnvironmentalJustice, and Vulnerable Populations/Lifestages: Community-Based Research for Solutions RFA, closes soon (11/16).

For details on how to submit your research proposal, please visit:
https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/cumulative-health-impacts-intersection-climate-change-environmental-justice-and

11/03/2021

#DYK that children have higher #ExposureRisk due to ingesting higher rates of chemicals compared to their bodyweight? This means that children have greater susceptibility to risk during childhood as compared to adults. Our #ExpoKidsApp shows users graphical representations of estimated oral #RelativeExposure + #AggregateExposure sources across these different lifestages. Check it out! https://shiny.epa.gov/expokids/

Tomorrow’s keynote speaker is Dr. Rick Luettich, Director of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center fo...
11/03/2021

Tomorrow’s keynote speaker is Dr. Rick Luettich, Director of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Natural Hazards Resilience. Registration is still open to attend this free conference! https://www.epa.gov/emergency-response-research/2021-decon-conference #Decon2021

Tomorrow’s keynote speaker is Dr. Rick Luettich, Director of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Natural Hazards Resilience. Registration is still open to attend this free conference! https://www.epa.gov/emergency-response-research/2021-decon-conference #Decon2021

Many communities face environmental and public health risks due to a history of inequitable environmental policies or ex...
11/03/2021

Many communities face environmental and public health risks due to a history of inequitable environmental policies or exposures to health hazards, as well as unequal access to the decision-making process. Our #EJvideoChallenge asks students work directly with communities to characterize environmental justice (EJ) challenges using data and publicly available tools. Learn more about our #EJVideoChallenge here: https://www.epa.gov/innovation/environmental-justice-video-challenge-students

Many communities face environmental and public health risks due to a history of inequitable environmental policies or exposures to health hazards, as well as unequal access to the decision-making process. Our #EJvideoChallenge asks students work directly with communities to characterize environmental justice (EJ) challenges using data and publicly available tools. Learn more about our #EJVideoChallenge here: https://www.epa.gov/innovation/environmental-justice-video-challenge-students

Despite lower concentrations of methylmercury in the waters of the #GreatLakes than the open ocean, or smaller lakes and...
11/03/2021
Methylmercury water concentrations low, but Great Lakes fish consumption advisories persist—new research documents one probable culprit

Despite lower concentrations of methylmercury in the waters of the #GreatLakes than the open ocean, or smaller lakes and streams, a unique dynamic causes phytoplankton in the lakes, which form the basis of the aquatic food web, to have higher levels of the neurotoxin, methylmercury, than expected. Our researchers collaborated with experts in the @USGS Mercury Research Lab to examine the dynamics at play. Read their recently published study in the journal, Environmental Science & Technology
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.1c02319
#WaterWednesday

Methylmercury uptake rate in phytoplankton is among the highest recorded A recently published study in the journal of the American Chemical Society, Environmental Science and Technology, found that while Great Lakes waters harbor low methylmercury concentrations, the rates of methylmercury transfer....

Dr. Kevin Morley of American Water Works Association will give tomorrow’s keynote talk on water sector risk and resilien...
11/02/2021

Dr. Kevin Morley of American Water Works Association will give tomorrow’s keynote talk on water sector risk and resilience at our FREE Decon Conference. Registration will be open all week! https://www.epa.gov/emergency-response-research/2021-decon-conference #Decon2021

Dr. Kevin Morley of American Water Works Association will give tomorrow’s keynote talk on water sector risk and resilience at our FREE Decon Conference. Registration will be open all week! https://www.epa.gov/emergency-response-research/2021-decon-conference #Decon2021

Explore sessions on social science, CBR sampling & decontamination, #COVID19 research, waste management, and more at our...
11/02/2021

Explore sessions on social science, CBR sampling & decontamination, #COVID19 research, waste management, and more at our FREE Decon Conference this week! See the full agenda and register online: https://www.epa.gov/emergency-response-research/2021-decon-conference #Decon2021

Explore sessions on social science, CBR sampling & decontamination, #COVID19 research, waste management, and more at our FREE Decon Conference this week! See the full agenda and register online: https://www.epa.gov/emergency-response-research/2021-decon-conference #Decon2021

As  #ClimateChange drives more intense and frequent wildfires, communities are being impacted by smoke. Our researchers ...
11/02/2021

As #ClimateChange drives more intense and frequent wildfires, communities are being impacted by smoke. Our researchers and other experts are working to provide the science to better respond to indoor and outdoor wildfire smoke. Read about our research collaborations with the Hoopa Valley Tribe and Missoula County, Montana - Government and #PublicHealth experts to learn how air cleaning and ventilation practices impact indoor air quality and people's health: https://www.epa.gov/sciencematters/multi-faceted-epa-research-addressing-threats-public-health-wildfire-smoke #IAQ

As #ClimateChange drives more intense and frequent wildfires, communities are being impacted by smoke. Our researchers and other experts are working to provide the science to better respond to indoor and outdoor wildfire smoke. Read about our research collaborations with the Hoopa Valley Tribe and Missoula County, Montana - Government and #PublicHealth experts to learn how air cleaning and ventilation practices impact indoor air quality and people's health: https://www.epa.gov/sciencematters/multi-faceted-epa-research-addressing-threats-public-health-wildfire-smoke #IAQ

Chemicals found in our everyday environment may pose health risks to children via various exposure pathways. To create a...
10/29/2021
Estimating Childrens Soil and Dust Ingestion Rates for Exposure Science (2020)

Chemicals found in our everyday environment may pose health risks to children via various exposure pathways. To create a safer and healthier environment for children, we have awarded funding to seven institutions to conduct research to better estimate children’s chemical exposures from soil and dust ingestion. https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/666/records_per_page/ALL #ChildrensHealthMonth

EPA awarded $9,272,545 in funding to seven institutions for research to better estimate children’s chemical exposures from soil and dust ingestion. Accurate, comprehensive measurements of soil and dust ingestion rates are critical for effective risk assessment, reduction, mitigation, and preventio...

Are you a researcher or first responder interested in hazard response, sampling, waste management, or restoration follow...
10/29/2021

Are you a researcher or first responder interested in hazard response, sampling, waste management, or restoration following a chemical, biological, or radiological incident?

Registration is still OPEN for our Virtual International Decontamination Research & Development Conference next week! The conference is free, but attendance is limited – register here: https://www.epa.gov/emergency-response-research/2021-decon-conference

Are you a researcher or first responder interested in hazard response, sampling, waste management, or restoration following a chemical, biological, or radiological incident?

Registration is still OPEN for our Virtual International Decontamination Research & Development Conference next week! The conference is free, but attendance is limited – register here: https://www.epa.gov/emergency-response-research/2021-decon-conference

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