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Volume 2 | Number 5 | September / October 2011

Executive Messages

Deborah Y. Dietrich

EPA and Homeland Security

Message from Deborah Y. Dietrich,
EPA Associate Administrator for Homeland Security


Advancing National Security Through Science

Message from Jonathan G. Herrmann, P.E., BCEE
Director, EPA National Homeland Security Research Center

GEMS: Great Environmental Moments in Science

Peter Jutro, Cynthia Sonich-Mullin, Gregory Sayles, Jonathan Herrmann.

Homeland Security Research Program: Directors’ Roundtable

Research leaders talk about EPA’s role and responsibilities in homeland security.

Emergency Response Vehicle

Interagency Collaboration Tests Response to Anthrax Contamination

EPA partners with five other agencies and departments to work together to conduct and evaluate various anthrax-decontamination technologies in real-world scenarios.

Decontamination technology

Post Amerithrax: Advancing the Science and Engineering of Decontamination

EPA scientists are developing and evaluating decontamination technologies to inactivate lethal bacteria such as anthrax.

Toxic Art

From Disaster to Recovery:  Waste Management Planning and Response

EPA scientists develop innovative tools to assist decision-makers manage wastes from natural and man-made disasters.

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Standing By: EPA Helps Nation's Laboratories Prepare for Emergency Response Operations

EPA researchers enhance nation’s scientific capacity to analyze large number of samples.

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Enhancing Water Security: EPA Prepares for Intentional Contamination Incidents

EPA scientists make a variety of tools available to drinking water managers to help them keep water safe and secure.

Drinking Water

EPA Examines Ways to Treat Biotoxins in Drinking Water

Agency researchers advance science to help protect the nation's drinking water.

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PALS: Developing Provisional Advisory Levels for Interim Recovery Actions

EPA researchers are leading the development of health-based emergency exposure levels to help protect communities and emergency response professionals while they recover from a chemical incident or attack.

Partner News

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EPA researchers and their collaborators from the Department of Energy were awarded an "R&D100 Award" for 2010 from R&D Magazine for CANARY, software they developed to improve the security of drinking water systems.

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EPA Research in the News

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Armed with Science:  Securing the Homeland through EPA and Department of Defense Scientific Collaboration Exit EPA Disclaimer

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Building Partnerships for Decontaminating Anthrax

EPA Homeland Security researchers supported Agency efforts to decontaminate buildings affected by anthrax in New England—twice.

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Liberty RadEx Drill Helps Nation Prepare for ‘Dirty Bomb’ Scenario

EPA scientists helped plan and support major simulation of testing, clean up, and recovery phases following a deliberate radiation attack.

Science Wednesday: Highlights From Our Blog

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Homeland Security Research: Armed with Science. EPA researcher Dr. Peter Jutro, the Deputy Director for Science and Policy at EPA's National Homeland Security Research Center blogs about being an "Armed with Science" podcast.

EPA Research Grants

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

EPA supports the nation's leading scientists and engineers through competitive grant programs and fellowships to ensure that the latest science is available to support the Agency’s mission to protect human health and the environment.

For information about EPA grants and funding opportunities, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ncer.

Science Matters is produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development. All content is copyright free, and can be reprinted without permission.

Comments, feedback, and suggestions for future stories are welcome.

Please contact Aaron Ferster: ferster.aaron@epa.gov.

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