Superfund Research Program
Developing and Evaluating Technology to Measure PAH Fate and Exposures
Project Leader: Kim A. Anderson
Grant Number: P42ES016465
Funding Period: 2009-2025
Dr. Anderson and her team responded quickly to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, applying the technology she has developed and applied to Superfund sites in Oregon to collect data on the impact of the oil spill on water and air concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The Anderson team deployed its passive sampling devices at four locations covering the geographical areas predicted to be most heavily impacted by the spill. In fact, her first collection represented baseline data – i.e., levels of PAHs in the water prior to the oil slicks coming on shore. This is a unique dataset and will prove critical to the team’s understanding of the impact of PAHs on human health over time. The team collected throughout the summer and fall of 2010 and has accumulated very interesting data which has been featured in SRP Research Highlights and will soon be published in a top-tier journal. It should be noted that Dr. Anderson and her team were able to accomplish this important study while successfully pursuing the other studies described in her specific aims. The accumulated dataset on waterborne PAHs over time in the Gulf of Mexico is going to be critical to conducting accurate risk assessments on the human health impact of the oil spill.