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New (2001) Hazardous Substance Research Centers

In 2001, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established five (5) new university-based Hazardous Substance Research Centers (HSRCs) affiliated with 22 universities. The Centers will address concerns about hazardous substances in the environment by conducting basic and applied research, and providing technology transfer and community outreach. The broad objective of these new centers is similar to that of the original HSRCs.

Uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites, like warehouses and landfills, exist on thousands of properties where chemical wastes were dumped in the past. Congress established the Superfund Program in 1980 to locate, investigate and clean up the worst sites nationwide. The new Centers are part of EPA's program to fund research and training on the management of hazardous substances and publish the research results.

The Centers will also work on the remediation and redevelopment of Brownfields. These are abandoned, idled or underused industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.

To achieve the goal of advancing the next generation of research, training, technology transfer, and technical assistance on hazardous substance problems, the 2001 HSRCs will investigate the following broad objectives:

  • Promote organizational connections and linkages within and between campuses; schools; communities; state, local and Federal agencies; national laboratories; industry; and international organizations so that research collaboration, information sharing and transfer, training, and resource sharing can be enhanced.
  • Ensure that outreach to industry, communities, and states is provided through interdisciplinary research programs, technology transfer, and training efforts.
  • Facilitate the use of innovative means to transfer scientific knowledge among academia, industry, national laboratories, and state, local, and Federal governments.
  • Support frontier investigations at the interfaces of disciplines, and/or fresh approaches within disciplines.
  • Exploit opportunities in science, engineering, and technology where the complexity of the research needs requires the advantages of scope, scale, duration, equipment, and facilities, that a Center can provide.
  • Capitalize on diversity through participation in Center activities and demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups under-represented in science and engineering.

In response to the above objectives, the Johns Hopkins University will study the processes for detecting, assessing and managing risks associated with the use and disposal of hazardous substances in urban environments. The Centers at Purdue University in Indiana, Oregon State University, Louisiana State University and Colorado State University will investigate the removal of contaminants from the environment.

The following describes the research programs planned at the five new Centers:

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., "EPA Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments":
The mission of this Center is to promote a better understanding of processes for detecting, assessing and managing risks associated with the use and disposal of hazardous substances in urban environments. The Center is a consortium of universities that will provide technical expertise to community groups, state, municipal and local environmental regulators and industry in the Northeast.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., "Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and Great Plains Hazardous Substance Research Center for Integrated Remediation Using Managed Natural Systems":
This consortium of universities will focus on low-cost remediation technologies to remove contaminants from the environment and restore ecosystem quality, thereby enhancing site redevelopment options. The focus of this Center will be the remediation needs of the Midwest, Middle Atlantic and Great Plains states.

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., "Western Region Hazardous Substance Research Center for Developing In-Situ Processes for VOC Remediation in Groundwater and Soils":
This Center will focus on the remediation of below-ground contamination problems associated with volatile organic chemicals and known groundwater contaminants, especially in the western part of the country.

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., "South and Southwest Hazardous Substance Research Center":
The objective of this Research Center is to provide information about the engineering management of contaminated sediments and other problems of special interest to communities in southeastern parts of the country.

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., "Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center for Remediation of Mine Waste Sites":
This Center will focus on developing new or improved methods or technologies to clean up environmental problems associated with mine wastes, especially in the Rocky Mountains.

The other affiliated universities that will share in this research are: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark; Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md.; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Connecticut, Storrs; Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; Rice University, Houston, Texas; Texas A&M University, College Station; Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio; Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kan.; Howard University, Washington, D.C.; Kansas State University, Manhattan; Michigan State University, East Lansing; University of Cincinnati; University of Missouri, Rolla; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg; Colorado School of Mines, Golden; Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

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