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University of Rhode Island

Superfund Research Program

Administrative Core

Project Leader: Rainer Lohmann
Grant Number: P42ES027706
Funding Period: 2017-2022
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Project Summary (2017-2022)

The University of Rhode Island-led Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs (STEEP) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center is addressing the emerging and expanding problem of poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) contamination. PFASs are industrial compounds that have been manufactured since the 1950s for use in a myriad of products due to their unique oil and water repellent properties. The environmental dissemination and the human health effects of PFASs are only beginning to emerge. In the 2015 draft ToxProfile, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry highlighted uncertainties and disregarded recent reports on adverse human health effects of PFAS exposures from epidemiological studies. In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency belatedly published chronic drinking water health advisories for PFASs at 70 parts per trillion (70 nanogram per liter) for the sum of PFOA and PFOS. EPA's health advisories are non-enforceable and non-regulatory, though. Thus, the need for improved risk characterization is urgent and timely.

The Administrative Core (AC) is the central hub of STEEP, integrated with the rest of center through the Director's role in active STEEP Project research and communication, and runs the day-to-day management of Core activities. Its main role is to ensure STEEP runs well and produces integrated science, training, communication, and engagement of benefit to SRP and stakeholders.

The AC is fulfilling its commitment to ensure the success of the URI-led STEEP through the following Specific Aims:

  • Create a STEEP organization that responds in a timely fashion to opportunities, challenges, and evaluations.
  • Ensure successful integration of research projects and cores through regular meetings of Project and Core leaders coupled with evaluations from internal and external advisory committees.
  • Provide relevant operational insights and tools for stakeholders and communities.
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