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Person Details: Kelly G. Pennell

Superfund Research Program

Kelly G. Pennell

University of Kentucky
161 Oliver H. Raymond Building, Office 363
Lexington, Kentucky 40506
Phone: 859-218-2540


Research Briefs

Hazardous Waste Sites

50 Tufts Street

  • Brown University: Toxicant Exposures in Rhode Island: Past, Present, and Future

Hill Airforce Base Superfund Site

  • University of Kentucky: Fate and Transport of Contaminants in Aging Piping Systems

MEW Superfund Area

  • University of Kentucky: Fate and Transport of Contaminants in Aging Piping Systems

Shamrock Technologies Location Henderson Kentucky

  • University of Kentucky: Nutrition and Superfund Chemical Toxicity




  • Noh Y, Shannahan JH, Hoover AG, Pennell KG, Weir M, Whelton A. 2022. Bystander chemical exposures and injuries associated with nearby plastic sewer pipe manufacture: public health practice and lessons. J Environ Health 85:22-31.
  • Ojha S, Li Y, Rezaei N, Robinson A, Hoover AG, Pennell KG. 2022. A geospatial and binomial logistic regression model to prioritize sampling for per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances in public water systems. Integr Environ Assess Manag doi:10.1002/ieam.4614 PMID:35373458
  • Ojha S, Thompson PT, Powell CD, Moseley HN, Pennell KG. 2022. A FAIR approach for detecting and sharing PFAS hot-spot areas and water systems. ChemRxiv doi:10.26434/chemrxiv-2022-bt3f6


  • Hoover AG, Heiger-Bernays WJ, Ojha S, Pennell KG. 2021. Balancing incomplete COVID-19 evidence and local priorities: Risk communication and stakeholder engagement strategies for school re-opening. Rev Environ Health 36:27-37. doi:10.1515/reveh-2020-0092 PMID:33001857 PMCID:PMC7933073
  • Mottaleb MA, Ding QX, Pennell KG, Haynes E, Morris AJ. 2021. Direct injection analysis of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances in surface and drinking water by sample filtration and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. J Chromatogr A 1653:5. doi:10.1016/j.chroma.2021.462426 PMID:34352431
  • Roghani M, Li Y, Rezaei N, Robinson A, Shirazi E, Pennell KG. 2021. Modeling fate and transport of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) inside sewer systems. Ground Water Monit Remediat 41:doi:10.1111/gwmr.12449 PMID:35018089 PMCID:PMC8744132


  • Brewer D, Travis E, Koempel A, Ormsbee LE, Pennell KG. 2020. Community forum identifies opportunities to engage with community leaders about chronic disease and environmental pollution in Eastern Kentucky. Appl Environ Educ Commun 19:187-204. doi:10.1080/1533015X.2019.1597660 PMID:32973411 PMCID:PMC7510481
  • Hoover AG, Koempel A, Christian WJ, Tumlin KI, Pennell KG. 2020. Appalachian environmental health literacy: Building knowledge and skills to protect health. J Appalach Health 2:doi:10.13023/jah.0201.06
  • Shirazi E, Hawk GS, Holton C, Stromberg AJ, Pennell KG. 2020. Comparison of modeled and measured indoor air trichloroethene (TCE) concentrations at a vapor intrusion site: influence of wind, temperature, and building characteristics. Environ Sci Process Impacts 22:802-811. doi:10.1039/C9EM00567F PMID:32129346 PMCID:PMC7153494



  • Roghani M, Jacobs OP, Miller A, Willett EJ, Jacobs JA, Viteri CR, Shirazi E, Pennell KG. 2018. Occurrence of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a sanitary sewer system: implications for assessing vapor intrusion alternative pathways. Sci Total Environ 616:1149-1162. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.205 PMID:29146079 PMCID:PMC5752621


  • Little PC, Pennell KG. 2017. Measuring vapor intrusion: from source science politics to a transdisciplinary approach. Environ Sociol 3(2):145-154. doi:10.1080/23251042.2016.1224528 PMID:28367475 PMCID:PMC5370174
  • Pennell KG. 2017. Three-dimensional vapor intrusion modeling approach that combines wind and stack effects on indoor, atmospheric, and subsurface domains. Environ Sci Process Impacts 19:1594-1607. doi:10.1039/c7em00423k PMID:29210407
  • Reichman R, Roghani M, Willett Jones E, Shirazi E, Pennell KG. 2017. Air exchange rates and alternative vapor entry pathways to inform vapor intrusion exposure risk assessments. Rev Environ Health 32(1-2):27-33. doi:10.1515/reveh-2016-0039 PMID:27837600
  • Reichman R, Shirazi E, Colliver DG, Pennell KG. 2017. US residential building air exchange rates: new perspectives to improve decision making at vapor intrusion sites. Environ Sci Process Impacts 19(2):87-100. doi:10.1039/c6em00504g PMID:28186210 PMCID:PMC5369024


  • McAlary T, McHugh T, Eklund B, Lutes C, Suuberg EM, Hayes H, Pennell KG, Folkes D, Dawson H, Truesdale R, Beckley L, Holton C. 2016. Comments and corrections to: “The Emperor's Old Clothes: An Inconvenient Truth About Currently Accepted Vapor Intrusion Assessment Methods,” and “Emperor's Old Clothes Revisited,” two recent editorials by Mark Kram. Ground Water Monit Remediat 36:84-87. doi:10.1111/gwmr.12166
  • Pennell KG, Scammell MK, McClean MD, Suuberg EM, Moradi A, Moradi A, Roghani M, Ames J, Friguglietti L, Indeglia PA, Shen R, Yao Y, Heiger-Bernays WJ. 2016. Field data and numerical modeling: a multiple lines of evidence approach for assessing vapor intrusion exposure risks. Sci Total Environ 556:291-301. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.185 PMID:26977535 PMCID:PMC4844003







  • Bozkurt O, Pennell KG, Suuberg EM. 2009. Simulation of the vapor intrusion process for non-homogeneous soils using a three-dimensional numerical model. Ground Water Monit Remediat 29(1):92-104. doi:10.1111/j.1745-6592.2008.01218.x PMID:20664816 PMCID:PMC2907115
  • Pennell KG, Bozkurt O, Suuberg EM. 2009. Development and application of a three-dimensional finite element vapor intrusion model. J Air Waste Manag Assoc 59(4):447-460. PMID:19418819


  • Bozkurt O, Pennell KG, Suuberg EM. 2008. Evaluation of vapor intrusion potentials using a three- dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. In: Proc. AWMA Conference on Vapor Intrusion.
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