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EPA Research: September 12, 2017

EPA Responds to Harvey and Irma

EPA is working with other responders, monitoring public water systems, securing waste sites, and carrying out related emergency response activities after the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. More on EPA’s Hurricane Harvey response and Hurricane Irma response.

New Course for Healthcare Professionals on Particulate Pollution

EPA teamed up with CDC to develop and accredit a new course designed for healthcare professionals called Particle Pollution and Your Patients' Health. The course provides tools to help patients understand how particle pollution affects their health and how to effectively use the EPA Air Quality Index. EPA scientists who conduct research and risk assessments on the health effects of particle pollution contributed their expertise to developing the course.

Are BPA Substitutes Any Safer Than BPA?

EPA scientist, Chris Corton, along with researchers at King’s College London, found that some bisphenol A (BPA) alternatives found in the marketplace, sometimes marketed as products that are “BPA-free,” are actually more potent than BPA. The researchers tested the impact of six BPA alternatives on estrogen receptor activity, which if altered could affect the body’s endocrine systems, with potentially serious consequences for fetuses, infants, and young children. They found that some of the BPA alternatives were actually more potent than BPA itself in activating the estrogen receptor.

New Tool to Help Stormwater Management

As rainfall or snowmelt moves, it picks up and carries away natural and man-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters, and ground waters. EPA grantee Paul Leisnham of the University of Maryland co-developed a Diagnostic Decision Support System to identify areas vulnerable to this pollution and could be used to develop stormwater management plans. Read the paper here.

EPA Seeks Partners for Atmospheric Water Generation

EPA is looking for non-federal partners for a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to investigate the potential use of atmospheric water generators in expanding the availability of water during shortages, contamination events, and other interruptions of service. Interested? Learn more.