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About EPA

About the Office of Research and Development (ORD)

What We Do

Science at EPA provides the foundation for credible decision-making to safeguard human health and ecosystems from environmental pollutants. The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is the scientific research arm of EPA, whose leading-edge research helps provide the solid underpinning of science and technology for the Agency.

ORD supports six research programs that identify the most pressing environmental health research needs with input from EPA offices, partners and stakeholders. Strategic Research Action Plans outline the research under way in the programs. The research is conducted by ORD’s three national laboratories, four national centers, and two offices located in 14 facilities across the country and in Washington, D.C.

Science for a Sustainable Future: EPA Research Program Overview 2012-2016

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Lek Kadeli, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Management

Dr. Robert Kavlock, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science

Dr. Thomas Burke, Deputy Assistant Administrator; EPA Science Advisor

Chris Robbins, Acting Associate Assistant Administrator 

ORD’s research programs:

ORD’s laboratories, centers and offices:

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