Who We Are
- Clean Air & Global Climate Change
- Clean and Safe Water
- Land Preservation and Restoration
- Healthy Communities and Ecosystems
- Compliance and Environmental Stewardship
Established in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) functions as both a scientific and regulatory agency of the United States. Our mission is to protect human health and safeguard the environment—the air, water, land—on which life depends. EPA works with our federal, state, tribal, and local government partners to advance its mission. Together, we have made tremendous progress in protecting and restoring the nation’s air, water, and land. Visit: About EPA and 2006–2011 EPA Strategic Plan
Office of Research and Development (ORD)
EPA relies on sound science to safeguard both human health and the environment. ORD is the scientific research arm of EPA. Our cutting-edge research in pollution prevention, protection of human health, and risk reduction helps provide a solid foundation for EPA science and technology. The work at ORD laboratories, research centers, and offices across the country helps improve the quality of air, water, and soil, and the way we use our natural resources. Applied science at ORD builds our understanding of the relationship between humans and the earth’s ecosystems, providing the basis for environmental policies and programs. Office of Research & Development web site
National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL)
As part of ORD, NRMRL is the laboratory for risk management research and plays a vital role in the scientific research mission at EPA. NRMRL focuses on environmental problem solving, spanning EPA's five goals.
NRMRL follows ORD's leadership and adheres to its principles. These principles are aligned with NRMRL's core values and are embodied in our mission, goals, and strategies.
Learn more about NRMRL Locations
- Cincinnati, OH - Home of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory
- Ada, OK - Home of our Ground Water and Ecosystems Restoration Research division (Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center)
- Edison, NJ - Home of our Urban Watershed Management Research branch (Edison Environmental Center)
- Research Triangle Park, NC - Home of our Air Pollution Prevention and Control division
NRMRL has research facilities at its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio; Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina; Ada, Oklahoma; and Edison, New Jersey. NRMRL's staff includes several hundred scientists and engineers devoted to solving a wide range of environmental problems. Our strengths lie in:
- Science and engineering expertise
- State-of-the-science facilities
- Innovative technology testing
- Collaboration and partnerships
We value our environment. We work at EPA because we believe that the prosperity and security of our families, our country, and our world depend on the health of the natural systems that surround us.
We value the trust and respect of the American people. As a part of the federal government, we understand that the work we do is for the public good and we must meet the high expectations the American people hold for their public servants.
We value our research. We take pride in our work and conduct research that is scientifically sound and meets quality assurance standards.
We value our people. Our ability to find solutions for environmental problems and to communicate the results depends on a talented and dedicated workforce with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
Learn about the National Risk Management Research Laboratory web site
Risk Management Research web site