IRIS Public Meetings

Upcoming Events at EPA

By Michaela Burns

School’s out but EPA webinars are still in session! Check out a few of the upcoming open meetings and webinars we are hosting so that you can spend your summer with science.

Small Business Innovation Research Informational Webinar
Tuesday, June 14th at 2:00 p.m. ET
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Interested in how small businesses can get involved in environmental research and the development of innovative technologies? Check out the informational webinar on EPA’s 2015-2017 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I solicitation.  Attend to learn more about EPA’s SBIR program, this year’s solicitation topics, and how you can apply for an SBIR contract.  EPA SBIR program experts will be available to answer questions during a question & answer session following the presentation. Don’t wait to register!

 

Small Systems Webinar: Disinfection Byproducts Regulatory Issues and Solutions
Tuesday, June 14th at 3:30 p.m. ET
*This webinar was originally scheduled for April 26th

faucet with water coming outGastrointestinal illnesses with symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, cramps can be caused by pathogens and viruses that are often found in lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. This water must therefore be treated with disinfectant in order to be safe to drink. However, some disinfectants react with naturally-occurring materials in the water to form byproducts that are associated with health risks.

EPA environmental engineer Michael Finn will review the Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule, a series of regulations aimed at limiting public exposure to these disinfectant byproducts. Jolyn Leslie, a regional engineer for the Washington State Department of Health Office of Drinking Water, will discuss the challenges for small systems dealing with disinfectant byproducts in Washington State and the possible solutions.

Bonus—attendees may have the option of receiving a certificate for participating in this webinar. Register now!

 

copy of reportScience Advisory Board Meeting for EPA’s Hydraulic Fracturing Drinking Water Study
Tuesday, June 14th—Wednesday, June 15th       

EPA’s chartered Scientific Advisory Board is hosting a meeting today and tomorrow to discuss the Science Advisory Board’s Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel’s draft peer review report of EPA’s Hydraulic Fracturing Drinking Water Assessment.

The discussion will be webcasted. Here is the call-in information.

Non-Targeted Chemical Exposure Screening
Thursday, June 23rd at 11 a.m. ET 

This month’s Computational Toxicology Communities of Practice Meeting webinar is focusing on non-targeted chemical exposure screening. Most exposure sampling techniques are designed to test for a specific chemical that is suspected to be present. EPA researchers are developing “Non-Targeted Screening” methods to test indoor environmental samples for all chemicals present in the home. Contact Monica Linnenbrink (linnenbrink.monica@epa.gov) to register and learn more.

 

Revised Total Coliform Rule for Small Systems
Tuesday, June 28th at 2:00 p.m. ET

Attend this Small Systems webinar to learn about the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR). Mark Verbsky of Ohio EPA will provide a brief glimpse into Ohio EPA’s experience with implementing the rule in Ohio. Cindy Mack of EPA Office of Water will discuss the federal RTCR requirements applicable to small systems serving 1,000 or fewer persons. She will also address sampling requirements and events that trigger a level 1 or level 2 assessment along with the actions public water systems should take. Register now for the webinar.

 

Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Source and Treated Drinking Water
Wednesday, June 29th at 2:00 p.m. ET

drinking water graphicTune into this month’s water research webinar to hear about contaminants of emerging concern, a term which encompasses a vast array of chemicals such as pharmaceuticals, perfluoroalkyl substances, and surfactants, as well as microorganisms such as Mycobacteria and Legionella.

Scientists from EPA and the U.S. Geological Survey have collaborated on a study examining the occurrence of contaminants of emerging concern in source water and treated drinking water. Dr. Susan Glassmeyer, lead researcher on the project, will discuss the chemical and microbial contaminants measured in the study, and examine the implications for aquatic life and human health. Register now to stay informed.

 

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Wednesday, June 29th at 3:00 p.m. ET

Want to know which low-cost air sensors can best serve your community? Look out for this month’s EPA Tools and Resources Webinar discussing EPA’s online Air Sensor Toolbox. This tool provides a one-stop place for information and guidance on how to evaluate the performance of air sensors available in the marketplace, what to consider before conducting an air monitoring project, and what others are doing to monitor air quality.

Register to hear EPA’s Ron Williams present research that is advancing the development and evaluation of air sensor technology and helping communities learn more about their air quality.

 

Integrated Risk Information System Public Science Meeting
Wednesday, June 29th—Thursday, June 30th

The Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program is hosting an event to get input from the scientific community and the public on the draft assessments of tert-Butyl Alcohol (tert-Butanol) and benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), two substances that pose a risk to human health. Register by June 20th to attend the IRIS public science meeting at the EPA Conference Center in Arlington, Virginia. Register by June 24th to attend via webinar.

 

For more events, head on over to the EPA research event page.

About the Author: Michaela Burns is an Oak Ridge Associated Universities contractor and writer for the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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A Message to IRIS Program Stakeholders: We Want to Hear From You!

By Kacee Deener

IRIS graphic identifierIn July 2013, EPA announced enhancements to our Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program to improve the scientific foundation of assessments, increase transparency, and improve productivity. Stakeholder engagement is an essential part of the enhancements, and since announcing them, we have held bimonthly public meetings to discuss scientific issues related to preliminary assessment materials and draft IRIS assessments. We announce these meetings well in advance on the IRIS website, and we publicly release any relevant materials about two months before the meeting is held. We also identify specific scientific issues related to the chemicals we are assessing.

Did you know that anyone can participate in these meetings? You can register to participate as a discussant on a specific scientific issue identified by EPA, or you can identify one of your own. Likewise, you can participate in the meetings more generally (i.e., not sign up for a specific scientific topic, but participate during discussion and open forum sessions). We don’t put together an invited panel for these meetings, and the agenda reflects those individuals who requested to participate in the scientific discussions.

IRIS meeting in a large conference room

EPA holds a public IRIS meeting.

We realize that you can never do too much where communication is concerned, so we use a variety of ways to publicize the meetings. They are announced on the IRIS website and through the IRIS Listserv and Human Health Risk Assessment research program bulletins, which reach more than 7,000 people combined. If you’re not on these lists, please sign up! We also use various social media platforms, including Twitter (follow IRIS and other EPA research on Twitter @EPAresearch).

We know that getting different perspectives on scientific issues is important, and we are exploring additional ways to reach out to scientists and other individuals who might be interested in participating in our meetings and contributing to the IRIS process.

We recognize that not all of our stakeholders have the resources to travel to a meeting. Because of that, for the past year and a half, every IRIS public meeting has also been available by webinar. We’ve also made some recent changes so that webinar participants can more fully engage in our meetings, including using telephone connections that allow webinar participants to actively participate in discussions.

EPA’s IRIS Program works on behalf of the American people, and anyone is welcome to add their voice to the conversation. We welcome your ideas about how to expand public access to and engagement in IRIS activities. We also welcome your input about how to obtain additional perspectives on the complex scientific issues that are discussed at IRIS bimonthly public science meetings. Join the conversation today by commenting on this blog post or sending us your ideas through the IRIS general comments docket.

As always, we want to hear from you!

About the Author: Kacee Deener is the Communications Director in EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment.  She joined EPA 13 years ago and has a Masters degree in Public Health.

 

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone. EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog, nor does EPA endorse the opinions or positions expressed. You may share this post. However, please do not change the title or the content. If you do make changes, please do not attribute the edited title or content to EPA or the author.

EPA's official web site is www.epa.gov. Some links on this page may redirect users from the EPA website to a non-EPA, third-party site. In doing so, EPA is directing you only to the specific content referenced at the time of publication, not to any other content that may appear on the same webpage or elsewhere on the third-party site, or be added at a later date.

EPA is providing this link for informational purposes only. EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of non-EPA information provided by any third-party sites or any other linked site. EPA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies, internet applications or any policies or information expressed therein.