Superfund Research Program
Research Translation Core
RTC Partnered with Government Agencies
US EPA: Provided seminars and live web presentations to Region 9 Remedial Project Managers. “Catalytic Destruction of PCE and TCE in Soil Vapor – Laboratory and Field Studies,” “Phytostabilization of Mine Tailings in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments,” and “Characterizing Mass Transfer and Mass Flux for DNAPL Source Zones.” Supplemented seminars with printed educational materials. Provided expertise to EPA on 9 and the Tucson community for the Tucson International Airport Area Superfund Site.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality: Researchers are working with ADEQ on several Arizona State and Federal Superfund Sites; they have made RTC educational materials available to ADEQ.
RTC Facilitated Technology Transfer
Field Activities: Field studies to test phytostabilization strategies are occurring at:
- Boston Mill site within the San Pedro National Conservation Area
- Klondyke Tailings State Superfund Site
- Phelps-Dodge Tailings Site, Green Valley, Arizona
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.
RTC Communicated to Broad Audiences
Web Site: 36 “News and Highlights” briefs have been added to the SBRP website and distributed to diverse stakeholders, including federal, state, and local government agencies, and Southwestern Hispanic and Border stakeholders.
Developed Bilingual Educational Printed Materials for Distribution to Regulators and Communities: 1,4 Dioxane and Our Health and What is Arsenic? - Community/general public level informational brochures. SciTransfer Bulletin entitled: “Chlorinated Solvent Contaminants in Arizona Aquifers, Part II: Innovative Remediation Methods and Site Characterization Strategies” - targeting professional level stakeholders.
Participated at Community Advisory Boards for Superfund sites and others: Presentations at Tucson International Airport Area (TIAA), Phoenix –Goodyear Airport Area, Indian Bend Wash in Phoenix, Broadway-Pantano, Park-Euclid, Southern Environmental Research Institute, Community Assist of Southern Arizona, Saginaw Hill and other communities that neighbor contaminated sites across the state of Arizona.
Performed Community Activities: Reseachers participated in the 2006 Environmental Health Training program for community health advocates (known as Promotoras). Handled the community’s questions regarding remediation strategies and TCE health effects at the TIAA Superfund site’s Dedication Ceremony.