Find more information about hazardous chemicals and the Superfund program, as well as materials that teachers and concerned citizens can apply to current Superfund issues in North Carolina communities, in the tabs below.
Superfund is the federal government’s program to clean up the nation’s worst hazardous waste sites. On this site, you’ll find information about Superfund sites in your area, the health effects of common contaminants, cleanup efforts, and how you can become involved in cleanup activities in your community.
ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.
Other Links of Interest
- Answers to frequently asked questions about contaminants found at hazardous waste sites
- The ATSDR 2011 Substance Priority List
- National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS)
- Superfund Research Program (SRP)
- Contaminant-specific research conducted by the Superfund Research Program
- Map of the SRP research centers and outreach sites
Educational materials developed by the UNC SRP Research Translation Core and aligned to the NC Essential Standards and Common Core include:
- NEW! DNA Methylation and Cadmium Exposure: An Epigenetics Analysis Activity
- NEW! DNA Wrap: Packaging Matters
- Water Muddle Up and Clean Up Lesson Plan
- Demonstrating Susceptibility
- PCB Biomagnification Activity
- Introducing Students to Environmental Justice
- Learn NC’s “A case study of A Civil Action”
- Serial Dilution Activity
Additional educational materials from agencies and organizations involved in Superfund research and outreach include:
Superfund for Students and Teachers, part of EPA’s site, contains information for junior high, high school and college students and teachers of all grade levels. Included on this site are classroom activities, frequently asked questions, and information on environmental education and grants. There is a page of classroom activities on hazardous wastes and Superfund for teachers.
Free Educational Materials, free EPA video-based educational “modules” and posters for use in high school and college environmental science and biology classes.
Superfund for Kids, also supported by EPA, contains many fun activities and stories, designed with different age groups in mind. There is an alphabet and coloring activity for kids as young as age three, but most activities are designed for learners age seven and up.
A Kid’s Adventure Story: Learning About Superfund, an EPA Kids site, leads children through a story about students who learn about a Superfund site in their community. The story includes a lab that can easily be replicated in the classroom.
When Greenville Turned Brown , an EPA Kids site, teaches children about Superfund through an entertaining poem about a town that turns brown.
Learn About Chemicals Around the House , an EPA Kids tutorial from the Office of Pollution Prevention, gives children the opportunity to take a tour around a virtual home, where they learn about toxic substances, pesticides, and other chemicals commonly found in residential homes.
Tox Town , an EPA site that uses interactive animations to introduce children to the toxic chemicals and environmental health risks that they might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places, including: a town, a city, a farm, a port, and even the US-Mexico border. Includes various activities and resources for use in the classroom.
EPA Water Sourcebooks have activities and fact sheets for grades K-12 that explain the water management cycle by showing how it affects all aspects of the environment.
Magnificent Ground Water Connection is a tutorial with some of the best ground water-related activities that include basic concepts of the water cycle, water distribution, treatment and stewardship.
NIEHS Kids’ Pages , sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, contains a variety of stories, games, brainteasers, art and poetry, among other things. All activities are focused on environmental health topics. The Kids’ Pages are also available in Spanish.
This program is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (#P42ES005948).