Athens, Georgia - ORD - Archive
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National Exposure Research Laboratory
This page houses older environmental information about EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory in Athens, Georgia. View the laboratory's current facility page.
- The National Exposure Research Laboratory has improved onsite stormwater management by retrofitting the site with a bioretention pond in fiscal year (FY) 2008. The pond is designed to reduce the amount of sediment and pollution flowing into local tributaries and to facilitate better aquifer recharge. Retaining the runoff of the site, the release of stormwater is also returned to near predevelopment conditions. Retaining this water in the pond saturates the soil and enables an abundance of plant growth. In addition, the use of flower gardens and a variety of vegetation has helped to improve the aesthetics of the facility.
- EPA developed a water management plan for the National Exposure Research Laboratory (PDF) (22 pp, 804K, About PDF) in FY 2006.
- The National Exposure Research Laboratory paved a row of 16 new parking spaces with pervious pavers as part of a security gate improvement project. The gravel-filled porous paving system allows for stormwater filtration, infiltration, and eventual groundwater recharge.
- All of the facility's chlorofluorocarbons were replaced by 1998.