The Regional Science program strives to respond to high-priority, near-term research and methods development needs of EPA’s regional offices. The program also assists project managers in the regional hazardous waste programs with technical support that will help them make scientifically defensible decisions during their site cleanup work.
These goals are facilitated through the following efforts and initiatives:
Regional Applied Research Effort (RARE)
RARE projects address a wide array of environmental science issues critical to ORD’s regional partners. The
Regional Science Liaisons (RSLs) manage the RARE process by fostering interactions and enhancing communication between the Regions and EPA’s laboratories and centers. RSLs play a vital role in delivering EPA science, including RARE project results, to support regional environmental decision-making.
Regional Methods (RM)
The RM program responds to high-priority, near-term methods development needs of EPA Regions. RM projects focus on developing methods necessary for the Regions to meet monitoring and enforcement objectives. Past RM research projects have developed assessment protocols, biological and diagnostic indicators, toxicity evaluation methods and improved sampling methodologies.
Regional Research Partnership Program (R2P2)
The R2P2 program provides short-term (up to six months) training opportunities for regional technical staff to travel to EPA laboratories or centers and work with ORD scientists on top regional priorities.
Workshops Regional Science Topic Workshops are held periodically to establish a better cross-Agency understanding of the science applicable to human health and ecological topics specific to EPA regions. The workshops aim to assist the transfer of technical information between EPA scientists and the regional offices, as well as develop a network of EPA scientists.
STLs assist project managers in the regional hazardous waste programs with technical support that will help them make scientifically defensible decisions during their site cleanup work. There are Technical Support Centers within EPA that are dedicated to supplying high-quality, quick-response technical support services to project managers.