This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrick

Research Recap logo with a holiday wreath in the center‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the Agency,
Our researchers were working, so much discovery!
Is there one place, where all this can be found?
One science review, no looking around?
Here’s my present to you, no need to unwrap.
Right here on this blog, your Research Recap!


Swimming with the Sharks
Shark swimming toward lens
Through Small Business Innovation Research contracts, EPA helps many great, environmentally-minded business ventures with potential, get the funding they need to get started. Read about some of our success stories—one of which was recently on the show Shark Tank—in the blog Swimming with the Sharks.


EPA Researchers Share Chemical Knowledge after Contamination Scare
In September, people living and working near an Australian air force base were warned that elevated levels of the chemicals Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Perfluorooctanoic Acid had been detected in the surrounding area. EPA researchers Chris Lau and John Rogers were recently interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about their expertise in these chemicals.

Read about their insights in the article US scientists reveal further detail about chemicals at heart of Williamtown RAAF contamination.

Water Security
EPA is responsible for working with water utilities to protect water systems from contamination and to clean up systems that become contaminated. These systems can be contaminated by, for example, natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy or by individuals hoping to cause harm. To help address these science gaps, EPA researchers have developed the first-of-its-scale Water Security Test Bed.

Watch the video EPA and Idaho National Laboratory create first-of-its-scale Water Security Test Bed and learn more about our Homeland Security Research.


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

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