This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrickresearch_recap_250

Fall is right around the corner! Here’s a quick read before you head out to soak up the last few days of summer. Check out the latest in EPA science.

Integrated Risk Information System Program
Last week, EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program released the final assessment of trimethylbenzenes (TMBs). IRIS assessments provide health effects information and toxicity values for cancer and non-cancer health outcomes by using the best available scientific data. Learn about how to use the database in the blog Navigating a Newly Posted IRIS Assessment.

Interconnections in the Web of Life
For the past five years, researchers at EPA’s Western Ecology Division laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon have been composting their food scraps.  After noticing that large food scraps were being stirred-up overnight by something in their compost bins, they installed a self-operated wildlife camera inside one of the bins to identify the culprits. Read about what the researchers found in the blog Interconnections in the Web of Life.

Faces of EPA
Want to know more about what it’s like to work at EPA? Check out some of our featured researchers.

Meet Mary Kentula! Mary is an ecologist at EPA and the technical lead for EPA’s National Wetland Condition Assessment. Learn more about her work by watching the video Faces of EPA: Mary Kentula.

Meet Jana Compton! Jana is a research ecologist at EPA. Her research focuses on water quality and the impacts of nutrient pollution, such as nitrogen and phosphorous, on water quality. Learn more about her work by watching the video Faces of EPA: Jana Compton.

About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development. She is a regular contributor to It All Starts with Science and the founding writer of “The Research Recap.”

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