January 11, 2019

By Bevin P. Engelward

The Olin Chemical Superfund Site is located in Wilmington, MA. At Olin, from 1953 to 1970 wastes were discharged into lagoons, ponds, and a man-made area called Lake Poly. Prof. Bevin Engelward (Program Director) and Dr. Kathy Vandiver (Director of the Community Engagement Core) met with leadership from the…

January 11, 2019

By Bevin P. Engelward

Predicting health impact of environmental contaminants for environmental justice communities in Eastern Maine: The longer mercury-controlling policies are delayed, the less effective they will be. Furthermore, the current administration is proposing to roll back existing regulations on mercury emissions. Mercury (Hg) is emitted into the atmosphere by multiple natural and anthropogenic sources…

January 11, 2019

By Bevin P. Engelward

Irene Hu, a former graduate student in Professor Harry Hemond’s group at MIT in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is studying the flux of contaminants between sediments and water. Specifically, her research focuses on the development and testing of novel in situ instrumentation to study the fate and…

January 11, 2019

By Bevin P. Engelward

One of the goals of Project 2 for the MIT SRP is to analyze the chemical evolution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the air near Superfund Sites. PAHs are common pollutants formed from incomplete combustion processes, and many are known or probable carcinogens. Their structure consists of two…

January 11, 2019

By Bevin P. Engelward

Community Engagement Core leader Dr. Kathleen Vandiver and Research Translation Core leader Dr. Jennifer Kay attended the EPA Region 1 Tribal Environmental Conference in Jackman, ME on October 31-November 1, 2018. Goals of the visit included gaining an improved understanding of tribal environmental concerns, listening to tribal perspectives and…

January 11, 2019

By Bevin P. Engelward

On October 4th and 5th, MIT SRP welcomed its External Advisory Committee and shared updates on trainee research and leadership activities. Prof. Akram Alshawabkeh of Northeastern, Prof. Ian Blair of UPenn, Prof. Rebecca Fry of UNC, Prof. John Durant of Tufts, Dr. Ljiljane Pasa-Tolic of PNNL, and Captain Michael…

June 1, 2018

By Maggie He

MIT Superfund Research Program scientists and engineers are studying N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), chemicals that can be harmful to the environment and also to our health. Both NDMA and PAHs undergo secondary chemical reactions to produce alkylating agents that damage DNA, and consequently they have the…

June 1, 2018

By Bevin P. Engelward

Currently, Dr. Angot contributes to Project 2 of the MIT Superfund Research Program, aimed at modeling the atmospheric transport and fate of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their degradation products (oxy- and nitro-PAHs). These compounds are present in Superfund and other contaminated sites, such as the Loring Air Force Base…

June 1, 2018

By Bevin P. Engelward

Three Superfund Friday Forum Seminars have been held since the MIT SRP began. The inaugural Superfund Friday Forum, on October 6, 2017, began with an introduction by Director Prof. Bevin Engelward, who provided an overview of the program, as well as descriptions of the relevant Superfund sites and contaminants…

June 1, 2018

By Bevin P. Engelward

Thirteen members of the MIT Superfund Research Program team attended the Northeast SRP meeting in Woods Hole on March 26-27, organized by Boston University’s SRP. This meeting was an excellent opportunity to strengthen connections with other Superfund Research Centers, inspiring future efforts and fostering collaborations. Program Director Prof. Bevin…