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Scientists Working For You

2012 September 17

By Rey Rivera

When you woke up this morning, did you ponder for a few minutes about how science contributes to your life from the moment you open your eyes (and even while you’re asleep)? I bet you didn’t.

Many of us go from sleeping in a room with clean air, depending on an alarm clock to wake up, taking a warm shower with clean water, to enjoying a healthy breakfast without even stopping for a second to think about all the scientific knowledge that is put in practice for our benefit and comfort throughout the day.

Among the scientists that contribute to the enjoyment of your daily life are the thousands of scientists who work here in the EPA. In our case, we analyze scientific facts and provide you with easily understandable information to help you protect your environment, your health and your family’s health.

Would you like to learn about protecting your family from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, or about asthma triggers?  Or what about pesticides, or radon? Would you like to know more about new technologies to cleanup sites contaminated with hazardous wastes? Or what about water quality and water conservation?

Those and many other questions could be answered with a few clicks on EPA’s website, talking with our experts, or checking out ongoing scientific projects in our Office of Research & Development.

While in school, the realization of how important science is in our lives and how much it could help others lead me in the direction of becoming a scientist myself. My 25 career in EPA has been a very gratifying experience that gives me the satisfaction of being able to put in practice my scientific training to contribute to the quality of life of many people.

Now, in this busy life that many of us have –enjoying the amazing products that science give us– I invite you to pause for a moment, look around you and realize just how much we owe to the knowledge that science discovers and put into productive use. And if you cross paths with a scientist, please say thank you… I’m sure he or she is very pleased to be working for you.

About the author: Reiniero (“Rey”) Rivera started working for the EPA in 1987 as an environmental engineer in the Chicago regional office and currently works in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in Washington DC.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. Arman.- permalink
    September 17, 2012

    Thank You Scientists……..,

    Your Sacrifices are absolutely glorious. Sometimes they leave son and luxuriate while discover something who useful for anything. They were satisfied if the audiences give the feedback and more and more give the dedication to develop our civilization. Good luck and success…….!

  2. Alexander permalink
    September 17, 2012

    I think that the thousands of scientists who work in EPA repair that other thousands of scientists who don’t work in EPA destroyed.

  3. zach permalink
    September 17, 2012

    will ya we should or no. We have to thank the scientist thank you thank you all very much
    but i have to stop and say for all the people who took your all work and used for destroy the planet

    nothing but love for you all…….Zach

  4. Master Melvin M. Lusterio permalink
    September 18, 2012

    The Good Force be with you!

    I thank the good Scientists who make our new earth a better place to live in. They are angels who have intelligences to give good knowledge to man as ordained by God for us to live in accordance to His will.

    Thanks Rey for opening up this discussion!

    Live forever and prosper!

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