Final Report: Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center

EPA Grant Number: R828770
Center: HSRC (2001) - Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center
Center Director: Banks, M. Katherine
Title: Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center
Investigators: Banks, M. Katherine , Blanford, William , Brusseau, Mark , Gerba, Charles P. , Novak, John T. , Reddi, Lakshmi N. , Voice, Thomas C.
Institution: Kansas State University , Central State University , Haskell Indian Nations University , Howard University , Michigan State University , Missouri University of Science and Technology , Purdue University - Main Campus , University of Cincinnati , University of South Carolina at Columbia , Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2006
RFA: Hazardous Substance Research Centers - HSRC (2001) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Land and Waste Management

Objective:

The Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center has a three-fold mission that includes research, outreach, and technology transfer. The center’s research focus is on low-cost, natural remediation techniques that remove hazardous substances while enhancing redevelopment opportunities. The center research is national in scope and benefits many industry types, including oil/gas processing and refining, automotive manufacturing, railroads, landfills, mining, and federal facilities.

Three services compose the outreach program: Technical Outreach Services to Communities (TOSC), Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB), and Technical Outreach Services to Native American Communities (TOSNAC). TOSC and TAB provide technical education services to communities affected by hazardous substances in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions V and VII, while TOSNAC assists tribes nationwide. The TOSC and TOSNAC programs empowered communities to participate substantively in the decision-making process regarding hazardous substance problems including environmental assessment and cleanup needs by providing a link between the community and the university, serving the needs of environmental justice communities, empowering community groups and their leaders, reviewing and explaining technical reports, and by providing information and training. A fourth program, called Our Town, was added to the center in 2004 and educates secondary school students in the brownfields identification and redevelopment process.

The technology transfer program seeks to advance the transfer of information and technology and to facilitate full-scale application of remediation technologies developed from center research efforts. The program supports the overall mission of the MHSRC program by (1) providing technology outreach to communities and industry (2) providing training and information about hazardous substances and environmental issues, (3) advancing research through cooperation between centers, universities, and industry, (4) creating linkages between organizations, (5) advocating transfer of technology, and (6) involving under-represented groups.

Summary/Accomplishments (Outputs/Outcomes):

Research funded by the MHSRC focuses on projects that result in integration of effective, managed natural remediation technologies into large-scale remediation plans. Particularly, after removal of the high risk, highly contaminated material has been achieved, biological remediation methods may be combined with source removal strategies to enhance restoration of the ecosystem and site redevelopment strategies.

A total of 13 research projects were funded by the center over the project period. The projects focus primarily on the development, optimization, or assessment of managed natural remediation systems. A unique feature of the MHSRC research program is the industrial involvement with each individual project. Each project funded by the MHSRC has an industrial and EPA advisor. These advisors provide important guidance about the project focus and direction. The complete final report lists the thirteen projects, and includes information about the principal investigators and final results for each of the MHSRC sponsored projects.

TOSC projects generally addressed site cleanup or air quality issues and the health effects arising from environmental pollution. The primary motivation for involving universities in the TOSC program was that universities are perceived as having independent technical expertise that is not influenced by the adversarial relationships that may exist among regulators, contractors, and responsible parties. The TOSC program provided an information hotline, workshops, technical and educational programs for communities; site assistance and public education on hazardous substance issues; coordinated delivery of faculty expertise through public involvement, seminars and workshops; independently reviewed proposed actions; and developed targeted educational materials. The number of sites served included approximately 13 served by KSU, two served by Purdue, and 11 by MSU. Please review our website for more details on our publications: http://www.engg.ksu.edu/CHSR/outreach/resources/ Exit

The TOSNAC program provided technical assistance to Native Americans dealing with hazardous substance issues at Superfund, Brownfields, and other sites. This program was national in scope and coordinated primarily through the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center Exit . Services included first contact, needs assessment, initial support, and long-term technical support arrangements by regional TOSC programs and other resources, as necessary. The number of sites served by KSU and HINU was approximately 19 (TOSC assisted with five of these sites).


Journal Articles: 15 Displayed | Download in RIS Format

Other center views: All 108 publications 22 publications in selected types All 14 journal articles
Type Citation Sub Project Document Sources
Book Chapter Robinson SL, Novak JT, Widdowson MA, Elliot M. Microbial degradation of PAHs under various redox conditions at a creosote contaminated site. In: Leeson A, Foote EA, Banks MK, Magar VS, eds. Natural Attenuation of Environmental Contaminants 2001, Vol. 6, No. 5, pp. 1-8. R828770 (2002)
not available
Journal Article Brauner JS, Widdowson MA, Novak JT, Love NG. Biodegradation of a PAH mixture by native subsurface microbiota. Bioremediation Journal 2002;6(1):9-24. R828770 (2002)
R828770 (2003)
R828770 (Final)
R828770C004 (2003)
  • Full-text: Taylor & Francis-PDF
    Exit
  • Abstract: Taylor & Francis-Abstract
    Exit
  • Journal Article De S, Perkins M, Dutta SK. Nitrate reductase gene involvement in hexachlorobiphenyl dechlorination by Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Journal of Hazardous Materials 2006;135(1-3):350-354. R828770 (2003)
    R828770 (Final)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Full-text: ScienceDirect-Full Text
    Exit
  • Abstract: ScienceDirect-Abstract
    Exit
  • Other: ScienceDirect-PDF
    Exit
  • Journal Article Dutta SK, Adam A, Toure O, Williams AL, Chen YQ. Indigenous mixed soil bacteria in presence of compatible plants are more efficient in PCB degradation. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin 2003;12(3):314-319. R828770 (Final)
    R828770C008 (2003)
  • Full-text: Howard University PDF
    Exit
  • Abstract: PSP-PARLAR Abstract
    Exit
  • Journal Article Euliss KW, Dorsey BL, Benke KC, Banks MK, Schwab AP. The use of plant tissue silica content for estimating transpiration. Ecological Engineering 2005;25(4):343-348. R828770 (Final)
  • Full-text: Science Direct-Full Text
    Exit
  • Abstract: Science Direct-Abstract
    Exit
  • Other: Science Direct-PDF
    Exit
  • Journal Article Euliss K, Ho C-H, Schwab AP, Rock S, Banks MK. Greenhouse and field assessment of phytoremediation for petroleum contaminants in a riparian zone. Bioresource Technology 2008;99(6):1961-1971. R828770 (Final)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Abstract: Science Direct-Abstract
    Exit
  • Other: USDA
  • Journal Article Ho C-H, Banks MK. Degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the rhizosphere of Festuca arundinacea and associated microbial community changes. Bioremediation Journal 2006;10(3):93-104. R828770 (Final)
  • Abstract: Informa World-Abstract
    Exit
  • Journal Article Ho C-H, Applegate B, Banks MK. Impact of microbial/plant interactions on the transformation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in rhizosphere of Festuca arundinacea. International Journal of Phytoremediation 2007;9(2):107-114. R828770 (Final)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Abstract: Informa World-Abstract
    Exit
  • Journal Article Kang D-H, Hong LY, Schwab AP, Banks MK. Removal of Prussian blue from contaminated soil in the rhizosphere of cyanogenic plants. Chemosphere 2007;69(9):1492-1498. R828770 (Final)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Full-text: Science Direct-Full Text
    Exit
  • Abstract: Science Direct-Abstract
    Exit
  • Other: Science Direct-PDF
    Exit
  • Journal Article Robinson SL, Novak JT, Widdowson MA, Crosswell SB, Fetterolf GJ. Field and laboratory evaluation of the impact of tall fescue on polyaromatic hydrocarbon degradation in an aged creosote-contaminated surface soil. Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE 2003;129(3):232-240. R828770 (2002)
    R828770 (2003)
    R828770 (Final)
    R828770C004 (2003)
  • Abstract: ASCE-Abstract
    Exit
  • Journal Article Smith KE, Schwab AP, Banks MK. Phytoremediation of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-contaminated sediment: a greenhouse feasibility study. Journal of Environmental Quality 2007;36(1):239-244. R828770 (Final)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Full-text: USDA PDF
  • Abstract: Healthtap - Abstract
    Exit
  • Journal Article Song Y, Fitch M, Burken J, Nass L, Chilukiri S, Gale N, Ross C. Lead and zinc removal by laboratory-scale constructed wetlands. Water Environment Research 2001;73(1):37-44. R828770 (2002)
    R828770 (2003)
    R828770 (Final)
    R828770C005 (2002)
    R828770C005 (2003)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Abstract: Water Environment Federation-Abstract
    Exit
  • Journal Article Song Y, Fitch M, Burken J, Ross C. Adsorption of lead and zinc in the substrates of constructed wetlands. Water Environment Research. 2001;73(1):37-44. R828770 (2002)
    R828770C005 (2002)
    R828770C005 (2003)
    not available
    Journal Article Toure O, Chen YQ, Dutta SK. Sinorhizobium meliloti electrotransporant containing ortho-dechlorination gene shows enhanced PCB dechlorination. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin 2003;12(3 Spec Iss):320-322. R828770 (2003)
    R828770 (Final)
    R828770C008 (2003)
  • Abstract: Parlar Scientific Publications-Abstract
    Exit
  • Journal Article Zimmerman AR, Kang D-H, Ahn M-Y, Hyun S, Banks MK. Influence of a soil enzyme on iron-cyanide complex speciation and mineral adsorption. Chemosphere 2008;70(6):1044-1051. R828770 (Final)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Full-text: Science Direct-Full Text
    Exit
  • Abstract: Science Direct-Abstract
    Exit
  • Other: Science Direct-PDF
    Exit
  • Supplemental Keywords:

    soil, groundwater, contaminants, bioremediation, phytoremediation, toxicity, dewatering, sludge, sediments, pollution, remediation, clean-up, hazardous substances, environmental risk, treatment, community evaluation, environmental risk assessment, health assessment, hazardous substance contamination, toxic contamination, regulatory process, remediation technologies, environmental justice,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, Waste, Environmental Chemistry, Hazardous Waste, Ecological Risk Assessment, Environmental Engineering, Hazardous, contaminated sediments, hazardous waste treatment, advanced treatment technologies, oil wells, Federal facilities, outreach and training, contaminated soil, groundwater remediation, remediation, automobile manufacturing, contaminated groundwater, technology transfer, mining wastes

    Relevant Websites:

    The Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center Exit
    Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC) Exit
    TOSC Sites Exit
    Technical Outreach Services for Native American Communities (TOSNAC) Exit
    TOSNAC Resources Exit

    Progress and Final Reports:

    Original Abstract
  • 2002 Progress Report
  • 2003 Progress Report
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R828770C001 Technical Outreach Services for Communities
    R828770C002 Technical Outreach Services for Native American Communities
    R828770C003 Sustainable Remediation
    R828770C004 Incorporating Natural Attenuation Into Design and Management Strategies For Contaminated Sites
    R828770C005 Metals Removal by Constructed Wetlands
    R828770C006 Adaptation of Subsurface Microbial Biofilm Communities in Response to Chemical Stressors
    R828770C007 Dewatering, Remediation, and Evaluation of Dredged Sediments
    R828770C008 Interaction of Various Plant Species with Microbial PCB-Degraders in Contaminated Soils
    R828770C009 Microbial Indicators of Bioremediation Potential and Success