Universities to study chemical contaminant effects with EPA funds

Aug. 13, 2015

DALLAS — The schools will split a $4 million grant to research manufactured chemicals’ ecological impacts.

DALLAS — Six universities have received funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, according to a press release.

The universities will split a $4 million grant to research manufactured chemicals’ ecological impacts, stated the release.

Texas Tech University was awarded $374,510 to better understand the ecological effects of chemical contaminants in the environment on individual and community levels, noted the release.

"This research will help develop innovative methods to reduce chemical impacts on the environment and people’s health," said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry in the release. "EPA’s STAR program is making these scientific advances possible."

The University of North Carolina Wilmington will receive $399,884 "to develop an estuarine and marine model for measuring ecological impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals," reported the release.

"This innovative research will provide new approaches to evaluate how chemicals influence the health of ecological systems. These approaches can help predict and, more importantly, prevent chemical impacts," said Thomas A. Burke, science adviser and deputy assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development, in the release. "This knowledge will help us more effectively protect the environment from adverse impacts of chemicals over time."

Other recipients include:

Read more about the awards here.