This year marks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA) 50th anniversary. In partnership with NEHA, we’re highlighting how U.S. EPA science has played a critical role in helping the agency meet its mission to safeguard public health and the environment (see History of EPA Research).
U.S. EPA is leading the national effort to understand per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and reduce PFAS risks to the public through its PFAS Action Plan, and its researchers are hard at work to support this effort. PFAS research is organized around the risk paradigm, building on what we know and continuing to fill in existing knowledge gaps using in-house research, extramural research, and cross-government partnerships. Research actions are underway to develop and validate methods to measure PFAS in environmental and biological media; understand human health and ecological effects; understand PFAS sources, occurrence, fate and transport, and exposure; and understand methods for reducing, removing, and remediating PFAS in the environment. Dr. Andy Gillespie, the executive lead for PFAS research in U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development, will give an overview of this work.
Wednesday, August 26, 1:00 p.m. EDT