Assessing Vapor Intrusion Exposure and Risk
Researchers in this project will provide additional insight to improve vapor intrusion characterizations and risk assessments. The research expands Brown SRP's vapor intrusion research to include a field study such that exposure and risk can be more thoroughly evaluated via the expertise of investigators from Boston University. A site in Somerville, MA is the primary focus of this field study. This site has known vapor intrusion issues related to releases of chlorinated solvents from an adjacent industrial site. The Massachusetts's Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is currently involved in overseeing the vapor intrusion characterization and mitigation efforts being performed by the responsible party. Because the site is active in terms of regulatory involvement, the researchers remain in close contact with MassDEP and representatives of the responsible party. To date, many meetings and interactions with relevant parties have taken place. These meetings are forming a critical knowledge foundation so that the specific aims can be achieved.
Rui Shen, a doctoral candidate in the Division of Engineering will be supported by the ARRA grant beginning in June 2010.