Final Report: Research Needs in the EPA Regions Covered by the Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments

EPA Grant Number: R828771C014
Subproject: this is subproject number 014 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R828771
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: HSRC (2001) - Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments
Center Director: Bouwer, Edward J.
Title: Research Needs in the EPA Regions Covered by the Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments
Investigators: Oguntimein, G. B. , Chen, Guangming , Williams, Sedley
Institution: Morgan State University
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2007
RFA: Hazardous Substance Research Centers - HSRC (2001) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Land and Waste Management

Objective:

The goals of this research project were (1) to identify the research needs in EPA Regions 1, 2, and 3 through visits and interviews with EPA officials, State Department of Environment officials, and stakeholders within industry and community groups and (2) to prepare an assessment report on these research needs and rank their importance. A secondary objective of the analysis was to identify possible waste sites that could be used by the CHSUE for case studies.

Summary/Accomplishments (Outputs/Outcomes):

Some of the research needs identified in EPA Region 1 include waste containment issues, characterization of Brownfields sites, and performance monitoring for natural attenuation of certain contaminated sites. Some of the research needs identified in EPA Regions 2 and 3 include oxygenates in water and human health effects associated with exposure to Superfund chemicals. One additional research need for EPA Region 3 is rapid characterization of Brownfields sites. The project team sponsored a workshop in September 2005 with papers on pertinent research topics. The hazardous substances of most concern are mercury, TCE, PCBs, chlorinated solvents and radon in Region 1, lead, chromium, mercury and benzene in region 2 and lead, dioxin, and TCE in region 3. These chemicals are among the top twenty most prevalent contaminants at CERCLA sites. There is strong interest and concern about the fate of oxygenates in streams and the potential contamination of groundwater in both regions 2 and 3. The presence of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) is of special concern, being a constituent of most grades of gasoline.

Supplemental Keywords:

air quality, groundwater contamination, organics, metals, hyporheic zone, TOSC, TAB, outreach projects, Brownfields,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, Geographic Area, Waste, Environmental Chemistry, Arsenic, Hazardous Waste, Brownfields, Ecological Risk Assessment, Hazardous, Environmental Engineering, EPA Region, hazardous waste disposal, hazardous waste management, hazardous waste treatment, brownfield sites, environmental hazards, contaminated waste sites, urban waste management, Region 3, risk assessment , chemical releases, Region 2, hazardous waste characterization, Region 1 , heavy metals

Relevant Websites:

Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments http://www.jhu.edu/hsrc/index.htm Exit

Progress and Final Reports:

Original Abstract
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004 Progress Report
  • 2005 Progress Report
  • 2006

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R828771    HSRC (2001) - Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R828771C001 Co-Contaminant Effects on Risk Assessment and Remediation Activities Involving Urban Sediments and Soils: Phase II
    R828771C002 The Fate and Potential Bioavailability of Airborne Urban Contaminants
    R828771C003 Geochemistry, Biochemistry, and Surface/Groundwater Interactions for As, Cr, Ni, Zn, and Cd with Applications to Contaminated Waterfronts
    R828771C004 Large Eddy Simulation of Dispersion in Urban Areas
    R828771C005 Speciation of chromium in environmental media using capillary electrophoresis with multiple wavlength UV/visible detection
    R828771C006 Zero-Valent Metal Treatment of Halogenated Vapor-Phase Contaminants in SVE Offgas
    R828771C007 The Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments (CHSUE) Outreach Program
    R828771C008 New Jersey Institute of Technology Outreach Program for EPA Region II
    R828771C009 Urban Environmental Issues: Hartford Technology Transfer and Outreach
    R828771C010 University of Maryland Outreach Component
    R828771C011 Environmental Assessment and GIS System Development of Brownfield Sites in Baltimore
    R828771C012 Solubilization of Particulate-Bound Ni(II) and Zn(II)
    R828771C013 Seasonal Controls of Arsenic Transport Across the Groundwater-Surface Water Interface at a Closed Landfill Site
    R828771C014 Research Needs in the EPA Regions Covered by the Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments
    R828771C015 Transport of Hazardous Substances Between Brownfields and the Surrounding Urban Atmosphere