UNC Superfund Research Program

Drew Cade, manager of Lake Crabtree County Park, shares his perspective on the community impacts of a neighboring Superfund site with reporters during an Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources field trip sponsored by the Research Translation Core.

Message from the Director
"We conduct cutting-edge research to advance methods for detecting toxic chemicals in the environment, cleaning up contaminated sites, and minimizing human and environmental risks due to exposure."
James Swenberg, PhD
Kenan Distinguished Professor

The UNC Superfund Research Program (UNC SRP) brings together a diverse group of scientists, engineers, science communicators and trainees who seek to understand the human health and environmental risks associated with exposure to toxic chemicals found at hazardous waste sites, with the goal of improving how these risks are calculated and communicated. Learn more.

Program Updates

A new paper in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology highlights the need to biomonitor for exposure to toxic metals during pregnancy among all women of child-bearing age.
Dr. Rebecca Fry‘s lab studied the relationship between blood cadmium levels and demographics in a North Carolina cohort of pregnant women, finding that over 60% of the cohort had elevated cadmium levels. [read more]

In The News

Toxic cleanup shifts from dirt near RDU to region’s streams, lakes
The Raleigh News and Observer’s Bruce Siceloff reported a story on July 19 highlighting EPA’s efforts to clean up toxic PCBs from the Ward Transformer NPL site that have contaminated area waterways. The article described current efforts by RTC staff to find out more about anglers who may be catching and feeding contaminated fish to their families. [read the article]

NC NPL sites

Learn more about the North Carolina sites on the National Priorities List (NPL). Visit page.

This program is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (#P42ES005948).