Superfund Research Program
Project Leader: Margaret J. Kupferle
Grant Number: P42ES004908
Funding Period: 2001 - 2006
- Project Summary
Final Progress Reports
During 2005, the UC SBRP Outreach Core sought to connect SBRP research on Superfund toxics with the needs of several local communities.
1. Website Partner on Health and Biodefense: The SBRP Outreach Core has been working with NetWellness, a non-profit, web-based consumer health and education service, to develop content for a website to assist consumers and professionals in understanding the health aspects of bioterrorism events. This was an outgrowth of two Outreach Core activities from prior years: (1) The 2003 Outreach Core workshop, State and Local Environmental and Health Agencies: Surviving the Post 9/11 World that focused on potential bioterrorism issues faced by state and county health and environmental officials; and (2) a national biodefense seminar in which the Outreach Core sponsored a panel, Communicating the Threat: What Should the Public Know and When. After the seminar,
2. Providing Scientific Expertise to
3. Styrene Release Explained by SBRP Outreach Core and Scientists: In September 2005, the Outreach Core and two scientists spoke with residents of the East End of Cincinnati, Ohio about a recent release of styrene from an abandoned rail car in their community and the subsequent evacuation of residents. In October, a scientist met with residents of the Columbia Tusculum area about the same release and reviewed the company’s response and scientific data. That release is still under investigation by the relevant authorities and the Outreach Core has offered to provide residents training in community activism and additional scientific information as needed. Approximately 30 residents attended each meeting.
4. SBRP External Outreach Advisory Board: The Advisory Board meets quarterly to advise the Outreach Core staff on meaningful outreach activities for the SBRP. This Board reflects the concerns of their constituencies: state health and environmental agencies, environmental groups, NetWellness representatives and academics. The members also inform their organizations of upcoming outreach activities.
5. Attendance at EPA’s Community Involvement Conference in Buffalo (July 12-14, 2005): At the suggestion of NIEHS Outreach officials, the Director attended EPA’s Community Involvement Conference 13-15, networking with EPA’s community involvement staff and focusing on outcomes measurement techniques.