President Obama has nominated Dr. Paul Anastas to lead the Office of Research and Development (ORD) within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Anastas is currently a professor of chemistry at Yale University. His research, which follows the principles of green chemistry, focuses on the development and synthesis of ‘green’ molecules, designing safer chemicals, and developing biomaterials and biofuels. Green chemistry, a field Anastas helped to found, seeks the development of safer, more sustainable chemical products. Previously, Anastas led the Industrial Chemistry Branch at EPA and worked in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. If confirmed by the Senate, Anastas would lead EPA’s science branch, ORD, which is charged with studying air, drinking water, ecology, human health, pesticides and toxins, and climate change in order to provide information to the regulatory branches of EPA.
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