EPA awards $4.7M for research to advance detection of air toxics

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing more than $4.7M in grants to seven institutions. NYU Tandon’s Jennifer Apell has received this grant, sharing it with Suny Stonybrook researchers, to develop and validate novel passive sampling designs that can be used to measure a diverse suite of air toxics and contaminants of emerging concern at low detection limits, and to deploy them in north Brooklyn to demonstrate their use in addressing concerns about environmental justice.

The expected outcome is validation of a low-cost method that will enable local governments and communities to assess chronic exposures to air toxics and CECs at concentrations typical of ambient urban air.