Public Health Impacts
Superfund Research Program
One of the primary goals of SRP-funded research is to improve public health. Thus, the Program supports a wide range of research to address the broad public health concerns arising from the release of hazardous substances into the environment. The intent is to provide sound science to those making public policy, regulatory, and risk reduction decisions. SRP-funded research has been successful in this area as studies have improved our understanding and minimizing the health effects associated with exposures to environmental contaminants. The following stories provide information on public health impacts. They are merely highlights and represent the breadth of work SRP researchers undertake. To see older stories, visit our archives page.
Delaware cleanup project makes use of NIEHS-funded technology (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2013/12/science-delaware/index.htm)
Work is now underway on an innovative project to clean up Mirror Lake in Dover, Del., with SediMite, a product developed and tested by a team led by University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) researcher Upal Ghosh, Ph.D. An NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) Individual Research grant provided funds to take the product, which uses activated carbon technology, from the lab into the field. Read more... (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2013/12/science-delaware/index.htm)
Scientists document arsenic spread to previously unpolluted aquifer in Vietnam (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2013/10/science-vietnam/index.htm)
NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) researchers from Columbia University report clear evidence that human activity can increase the extent of naturally occurring arsenic in water. Their study, published in Nature, shows that the dramatic increase in pumping of groundwater from an uncontaminated aquifer near Hanoi, Vietnam, is slowly drawing arsenic-contaminated water into the aquifer. Read more... (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2013/10/science-vietnam/index.htm)
Oleksii Motorykin, a Superfund Research Program (SRP) trainee at Oregon State University (OSU), found for the first time that lung cancer deaths are linked to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emissions that pollute the air, independent of cigarette smoke. As a result of his hard work and discoveries, Motorykin received two prestigious awards from the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2013. Read More...