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Welcome to the Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) Science Digest!
Below you'll find a compilation of SRP research, which provides practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities. For more information about the program, visit the SRP website.
You also can view past issues of the Science Digest.
UNC SRP Center researchers explore the complex relationship between arsenic exposure, genetics, and existing health problems, such as obesity. (Image courtesy of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill SRP Center).
Newly funded SRP Centers doing innovative research to understand the connections between hazardous substances and human health were in the spotlight during the Fall 2020 SRP Progress in Research Webinar series. This Feature highlights the recently funded centers and their interdisciplinary research to mitigate the effects of exposures to metals, legacy contaminants, and emerging contaminants.
Hot Off the Press
Modeling and Field Tests Yield Promising Results for Aquifer Clean Up: NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees have developed novel, slow-release oxidant-paraffin candles that dissolve and degrade chlorinated contaminants in underground aquifers. The grant recipient, small business AirLift Environmental, worked with partners at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to optimize this groundwater clean-up method and demonstrated its effectiveness in a field study.
The novel smart flocculants, left, rapidly form insoluble solid aggregates of particles compared to no flocculants, center, and conventional flocculants, right. (Image courtesy of Bluegrass Advanced Materials)
SRP-funded small business Bluegrass Advanced Materials developed smart temperature responsive copolymer flocculants to remove persistent water-soluble contaminants, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS), from water. The technology separates solids and liquids by forming flocs, larger aggregations of particles that can more easily be removed from water.