This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrickresearch_recap_250

Science is the foundation of everything that EPA does to protect our health and our environment. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently discussed the important role of science at EPA—read her blog Why Science Matters and then check out some of our latest research below.

A Science-based Public Health Approach to Reducing Lead Exposure
One of the top great public health achievements in recent history has been reducing childhood lead exposure. However, the events in Flint underscore the continuing public health challenge of protecting our most vulnerable communities. EPA is taking a coordinated public health approach to dealing with lead so we can continue our progress in reducing lead exposures. Learn more about it in the blog A Science-based Public Health Approach to Reducing Lead Exposure.

Partnering to Protect Public Health
EPA signed two new Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Association of Public Health Laboratories. These MOUs will help us share our science and research with thousands of communities, including those who need it most – city and county health departments. Learn more about the new partnerships in the blog Partnering to Protect Public Health, One Community at a Time.

Addressing the Impacts of Looming “Megatrends”
The world faces serious challenges due to a growing number of what scientists and other have defined as megatrends—long-term changes that affect governments, societies, and economies over long periods of time. EPA is preparing for these changes through science, innovation, and extensive collaboration throughout the government and business communities. Read more about these efforts in the blog EPA is Poised and Ready to Help Communities Address the Impacts of Looming “Megatrends”.

Living Close to Roadways: Health Concerns and Mitigation Strategies
Living close to roadways can pose health risks related to pollution from traffic. EPA researchers are looking at ways to mitigate these risks, including placing vegetation barriers along roads to reduce pollution. Read more about this research in the Science Matters story Living Close to Roadways: Health Concerns and Mitigation Strategies.

About the Author:
Kacey Fitzpatrick is a writer on the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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