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Program Mandates

Superfund Research Program

The Superfund Research Program is conducted in accordance with the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986. The mandates(52KB) specified in SARA describe the Program's primary objectives to be the development of: (a) advanced techniques for the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effects on human health of hazardous substances; (b) methods to assess the risks to human health presented by hazardous substances; (c) methods and technologies to detect hazardous substances in the environment; and (d) basic biological, chemical, and physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances.

SARA established the Superfund Research Program within the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), an institute of the National Institutes of Health. The research efforts undertaken by this Program complement existing activities within the U.S. EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.