Toxicant Exposures in Rhode Island: Past, Present, and Future

The Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP), Toxicant Exposures in Rhode Island: Past, Present, and Future, is focused on complex environmental contaminant issues in Rhode Island. Rhode Island has a long history of industrial activity resulting in extensive contamination. An academic-government-community partnership model is a key feature of our overall SRP research strategy. Together with our partners we work to expand the understanding of the human health consequences and management of contaminated sites in Rhode Island and other post-industrial states. Our research embraces the complexity of mixed contaminants and their inevitable proximity to dense population centers, and is responsive to the needs of our government and community partners in managing the problems that this causes.

Brown University's Superfund Research Program is a win-win-win for Rhode Island citizens, Rhode Island communities, and the Rhode Island environment.

HAZWOPER Training

Jake Wyatt HAZWOPER Training:

Faculty, students, postdocs, and staff participated in an 8- and 24-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) training conducted by the New England Consortium at University of Massachusetts Lowell. This 24-hour training is required for employees visiting an Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Operation mandated by the Government. This course covers broad issues pertaining to the hazard recognition at work sites.

(Distributed August 17, 2016)

Senator Reed and Director Birnbaum Visit Brown SRP

Sen. Reed and Dr. Birnbaum Visit the Brown SRP:

U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Dr. Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institutes for Environmental Health Sciences, visited the Brown University Superfund Research Program to hear from our faculty, students, and community partners about the research and outreach.

(Distributed August 17, 2016)

Brown SRP Co-Organizes Workshop on Perfluorinated Contaminants

NEWMOA workshop on PFAs:

Jennifer Guelfo, Engineering State Agency Liaison organized and presented at a workshop with New England Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) on the topic of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS, e.g. PFOS/PFOA). 130 participants included EPA Regions 1 and 2, along with state and local regulators from recently impacted communities such as Hoosick Falls, NY, Merrimack, NH, and Bennington, VT. Within the last 12 months or less all of these communities have discovered PFAS impacts to public and private drinking water supply wells.

(Distributed August 17, 2016)
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