Superfund Research Program
Research Translation Core
The University of Arizona Research Translation Core continued to drive translation of UA SRP research and expertise to a broad range of stakeholders in the current granting period. A major highlight of the RTC's efforts was the timely release of a bulletin for stakeholders associated with the Gold King Mine spill in August 2015. Following the spill, UA SRP personnel came together to quickly develop "Understanding the Gold King Mine Spill" and make it available online, where it has been accessed by U.S. and tribal agencies, instructors, and community members. A number of stakeholders have expressed appreciation for the availability of such a document from a neutral third party. Another highlight is the impact of UA SRP research on drinking water for Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona residents. UA SRP analyses of drinking water in homes near the Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter Superfund site previously had informed residents that arsenic concentration was often above the U.S. EPA maximum contaminant level (MCL) in water from both public and private sources. The community then used this information to alert the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to the problem, and the Department issued a notice of violation to the public water supplier. The supplier installed a treatment system, and in January 2016, the RTC learned from ADEQ that the Humboldt Water System is now in compliance with the arsenic MCL. These two examples illustrate how the UA SRP works to impact the community and improve both human and environmental health through research and education efforts.