Battelle, EPA to study chemical exposure
In the announcement the research institution states that there are many chemicals, which are abundant at low levels in the environment and in civil society, that the scientific community and the public at large know very little about. Under this contract, Battelle will begin studying a number of things, including exposure effects and toxicity levels.
Battelle will be providing complementary research through the EPA's ExpoCast program, which studies chemicals that are also being screened by the agency and other federal entities through the ToxCast and Tox21 programs.
“We are excited for the opportunity to work on this program,” Battelle's EPA liaison, Karen Riggs, said. “Exposure analysis is a research area that draws upon capabilities and resources across our organization."
Chemicals that have been collected from the environment, consumer products and biological products, as well as samples from other sources widely used in society, will be sent to the research facility.
Battelle will focus on the identification of samples. Battelle's experience in analytical chemistry techniques may prove vital, as many chemicals of this kind have not been viable to research due to the low quantity in the environment.