Research & Standards

The Office of Research and Standards (ORS) provides scientific expertise to MassDEP in environmental health, toxicology, standard setting, ecological and human health risk assessment, chemistry and statistics.

Using available information and methods, scientists in ORS formulate exposure guidelines for toxics in air, water, soil and wastes, interpret existing state and federal guidelines and lead agency efforts to assess and reduce key environmental pollutants. ORS also develops new methods and conducts environmental research on priority pollutants.

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