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EPA Science Matters: February 26, 2019

This past June, EPA brought together teachers, researchers and staff for an environmental education workshop focused on EPA’s EnviroAtlas. EnviroAtlas is a web-based interactive mapping tool, containing hundreds of geospatial data layers, built-in analysis tools, and a wealth of other resources, that allows users to explore their surrounding environment. Check out our ready-made EnviroAtlas lesson plans for every grade level, from kindergarten through undergraduate.

EPA researchers are using new methods to generate PFAS toxicity data. In collaboration with the National Toxicology Program, researchers used a chemical category prioritization approach to select 75 PFAS chemicals to begin testing using the new methods. The data gathered will help inform human health assessments.

EPA researchers are using new diagnostic technology and air quality modeling to better understand potential links between air quality and high cholesterol. According to the CDC, high cholesterol is a known risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attacks. The findings may support efforts to identify intervention strategies and assist decision makers with protecting the public from environmental risks.

EPA is fostering environmental innovation through support of small businesses. We recently announced five Phase II contracts to small businesses to further develop and commercialize technologies, including advanced air quality monitors and mobile platforms to detect lead in drinking water. The contracts are part of EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, which supports small businesses to develop and commercialize environmental technologies that support EPA’s mission.