Superfund Research Program News

Partnering to educate anglers about complex fish consumption advisories

SRP Research Translation Core (RTC) staff are engaging with community partners to educate recreational anglers and their families about a fish consumption advisory related to polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in Lake Crabtree near Morrisville, NC. Dangerous levels of PCBs have been found in fish in Lake Crabtree County Park and its tributaries, popular fishing sites… Read more »

Understanding chemical exposure from the inside, out

We worry about our exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in our environment, our diets, our homes and workplaces. But some of those very same chemicals are actually produced inside our bodies as byproducts of normal metabolism, inflammation, infections and other metabolic processes. The challenge is to be able to differentiate whether chemical levels inside a person’s… Read more »

Finding new ways to optimize remediation of contaminated soil

Soil at many Superfund sites contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): byproducts of industrial processes such as oil and gas production or wood preservation with creosote. Some of these PAHs are potent carcinogens. One of the most effective ways to clean up these hazardous chemicals is bioremediation, a process in which contaminated soil is excavated and… Read more »

Leveraging resources to better understand chemical exposures

A joint effort between the Southeast Climate Science Center (SECSC) and the UNC Superfund Research Program, led by Dr. Damian Shea, has led to the creation of the Southeast Global Change Monitoring Portal (GCMP). The GCMP supports the efforts of multiple state and federal agencies and other organizations by providing a centralized, comprehensive catalog of… Read more »

High levels of metals in well water may be linked to birth defects in children

October 9, 2014 Increased levels of metals such as cadmium, arsenic, lead and manganese in North Carolina are present in private well water, and some may be linked to defects in children, a new UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health study has found. In a research article published Sept. 15 by BioMed Central Public… Read more »

Study finds reducing cadmium exposure during pregnancy may improve birth outcomes

Oct. 6, 2014 Reducing women’s exposure to cadmium during pregnancy likely would cut down on adverse outcomes such as preterm labor, low birth weight and early pregnancy loss, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study has found. In an article published July 30 online in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental… Read more »

SRP research translation staff present fish consumption advisory work at national meetings

September 29, 2014 Kat Bawden, community engagement coordinator with the Research Translation Core (RTC), attended the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 National Forum on Contaminants in Fish last week in Alexandria, Virginia. There she presented a poster on the initial results of UNC SRP’s pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of educational material for anglers on… Read more »

A Sticky Situation

The UNC SRP Research Translation Core collaborated with the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to create a 900 square foot exhibit featuring the history and science of coal tar remediation at manufactured gas plants in North Carolina. UNC SRP investigators, as well as experts from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and industry, provided… Read more »

Study links prenatal exposure to arsenic to disease susceptibility later in life

April 7, 2014 Protein changes associated with prenatal exposure to arsenic may hold the key to understanding the workings of adult-onset diseases tied to arsenic in the environment, a study at UNC has found. In an article published online March 27 in Toxicological Sciences by the Oxford Journals, Rebecca C. Fry, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

ESE master’s student develops chemical risk assessment interface

March 13, 2014 The following article, by Sara Mishamandani, is reprinted from the March 2014 issue of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ newsletter, Environmental Factor. The NIEHS article contains additional information, including a recording of Shapiro’s webinar tutorial. Andy Shapiro, a Master of Science in Public Health student in environmental sciences and engineering… Read more »