This year marks EPA's 50th anniversary. In partnership with the National Environmental Health Association, we’re highlighting how our science has played a critical role in helping the Agency meet its mission to safeguard public health and the environment.
We are leading the national effort to understand Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and reduce PFAS risks to the public through our PFAS Action Plan. 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 our Office of Research and Development, will give an overview of this work.