The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $374,510 to Texas Tech University through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The university will develop a better approach to understand and predict individual and community level ecological effects of chemical contaminants in the environment.

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

The study is part of a $4 million grant to six universities to study the ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals, leading to better chemical risk assessments and decisions for protecting the environment.

EPA’s STAR program grants are part of EPA’s Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) research program’s efforts to develop new methods to improve chemical evaluation and support environmental sustainability. This research will use innovative methods to understand negative impacts of chemicals in ecological and human populations.