The MIT Superfund Research Program was created in 2017 to be responsive to communities who live near Superfund Sites. In particular, the MIT team leverages scientific research, community engagement, and educational experiences to support people who are concerned about hazardous chemicals in their environment.

Carcinogenic contaminants threaten the health of people living in the Mystic River Watershed (near the Olin, Industriplex, and Wells G&H Superfund sites) and members of Native American Tribes living near the Loring Airforce Base Superfund sites in Maine. The MIT Superfund Research Program is to research that will guide critical remediation strategies to prevent cancer, and toward knowledge that will propel prevention, mitigation and treatment of disease in these communities.

The MIT SRP enables development and application of novel technologies to detect and map contaminants, and to reveal their biological effects. Through engagement with local, state and US agencies, and through training of the next generation of scientists, the MIT SRP maximizes its impact on human health.

MIT SRP Program