About EPA

About the Homeland Security Research Program

What We Do

The U.S. EPA’s Homeland Security Research Program provides scientific solutions that:

  • Improve water utilities’ abilities to prepare for and respond to incidents that threaten public health.
  • Advance EPA’s capabilities to respond to wide area chemical, biological or radiological contamination incidents, including natural disasters.

This research program strengthens the resiliency of our communities by providing water utility managers, on-scene coordinators, laboratory technicians, risk assessors, and emergency responders with the scientific tools; methodologies and technologies; and technical support to prepare for, respond to, and rapidly recover from all environmental disasters.

Homeland Security Strategic Research Action Plan

National Program Director
Gregory Sayles, PhD

Acting Deputy National Program Director
Emily Snyder, PhD 

Acting Deputy Director
Michael Troyer