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EPA and American Chemistry Council Announce $2 Million to Develop Advanced Pollution Exposure Model

Release Date: 07/31/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov


(07/31/03) To better protect human health and the environment, EPA and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) will provide $2 million over the next three years for research grants to develop innovative statistical methods and models of human exposure to pollutants. Human health and ecological risk assessments are key elements in EPA policy development, and a risk assessment’s quality is directly related to the caliber of the models used to extrapolate laboratory data to humans or to track movement of pollutants through the environment. Dr. Paul Gilman, Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development, has directed the Agency to continuously update and refine the science that underpins EPA’s assessment work. In 2003, EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results grant program, and the American Chemistry Council, through its Long-Range Research Initiative, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop joint Requests for Applications (RFAs) in research areas of mutual interest. This request for applications is the first joint effort under the agreement and should fund five to ten grants. Examples of the types of research to be funded are: modeling of pollutant exposure by demographics such as age, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or urban versus rural location; modeling of multi-pathway exposures by linking information about contaminant source, transport, and human interactions with their environment; analysis of biological and behavioral factors that contribute to individual differences in exposure to pollutants. Additional information about the RFA is available at: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/partners/acc/2003envstat_acc.html. For more information about the EPA/ACC partnership, go to: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/partners/acc/.