Superfund Research Program
Research Translation Core
The Research Translation Core (RTC) is the program’s conduit to government agencies, community advisory boards, the community, and the NIEHS Superfund. For the first time in the many years spent as part of the NIEHS SBRP, the RTC has established a solid link to the EPA and the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Health Services. The RTC has established tri-annual presentations of their SBRP technology at Region 9 EPA as well as web-seminar sessions. These efforts led to the RTC coordinating a session entitled: “Working Together: Aligning Communities, Academia, and EPA” at the US EPA’s 2008 annual meeting of the National Association of Remedial Project Managers.
To keep NIEHS SBRP continually informed of their Superfund activities, the RTC communicated 15 “News and Highlights” briefs have been added to the SBRP website and distributed to diverse stakeholders.
The RTC has helped the UA program define the essential role that the community and community action boards play in properly handling a hazardous waste site. Due to a large portion of the Southwest being Hispanic, the RTC (in conjunction with the Outreach Core) has developed bilingual educational materials for the public. These have been very well received and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality now distributes much of the Core material at its various community meetings. The Core’s Mexican research collaborators also use their information sheets, with the recent brochure “Lead and Our Health” being widely distributed. Since the RTC represents a “neutral”, education resource, it has been invited to numerous community action boards where it has presented “traveling seminars” on TCE, 1,4-dioxane, mine wastes, landfills leachates, etc.
RTC facilitated technology transfer by establishing relationships with EPA Superfund site managers. This has led to field studies to test innovative characterization and remediation methods for chlorinated-solvent contaminated sites are being conducted at the TIAA federal Superfund site and the Park-Euclid state Superfund site in Tucson. Most recently EPA has welcomed UA setting up air particle monitors (ten-stage MOUDI sampler) to analyze the chemical composition by size fraction of the air particulates in the town of Humboldt, Arizona. These samples will help EPA in selecting the best clean-up strategies at this Superfund site.