UNC SRP sponsors educational meeting on vapor intrusion in Winston-Salem

Information Session on Vapor Intrusion at SciWorks on Monday, Feb. 9

National experts will present information and answer questions from 6:30-8:30 pm

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (February 6, 2014) — With help from the UNC Superfund Research Program, a free informational session on vapor intrusion has been organized for Monday, February 9, from 6:30-8:30pm at SciWorks.

The session was organized in response to community concerns and questions about TCE and PCE contamination in groundwater near two schools in the Winston-Salem area.

Lenny Siegel of the Center for Public Environmental Oversight will explain vapor intrusion, testing and remediation options. A panel of nationally-recognized experts including Kathleen Gray, Research Translation Core Leader of the UNC Superfund Research Program, Dr. Kelly Pennell of the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Program, and Siegal will be available to answer audience questions following the presentation. SciWorks is located at 400 W. Hanes Mill Road in Winston-Salem.

Siegel and Dr. Pennell will also be available to meet with media from 2-2:45 p.m. on Monday at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, located at 390 South Liberty Street in Winston-Salem.

Lenny Siegel is one of the nation’s leading experts on vapor intrusion. For the past 16 years, he has been educating communities on the vapor intrusion process and technologies for cleanup. In 2011, Siegel’s efforts were recognized nationally, with the USEPA’s Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award. With support from the USEPA, he will travel to Winston-Salem to provide this free workshop on vapor intrusion.

Dr. Pennell is a leading researcher in the area of vapor intrusion, with funding from the NIEHS Superfund Research Program and the National Science Foundation (NSF). For more than a decade, her research has focused on the interface of research, policy and practice, and her funding enables her to share science-based vapor intrusion information with communities such as ours.

For more than a decade, Kathleen Gray has worked with communities across North Carolina to enhance understanding of how environmental exposures can influence health and identify ways to reduce exposure and associated risks. Her work focuses on engaging communities in environmental problem solving, incorporating current science into decision-making, and translating environmental health sciences research for varied audiences.