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NIEHS Superfund:

The National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences' Superfund Research Program (SRP) provides funding for research programs that support the work of the EPA's Superfund.
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USEPA Superfund:

Superfund is the federal government's program to clean up the nation's uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
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National Priorities List (NPL):

The NPL is a list of the locations that are of most concern for either known or suspected pollution in the United States. There are currently 12 National Priorities List sites in Rhode Island.



map of Superfund sites in RI


News Highlights

14 Oct 2014 12:36 pm
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recognized Community Engagement Core Co-Leader Marcella Thompson in their “Foundation Focus” newsletter. The ASSE Foundation has awarded nearly $1.8 million to students...
09 Oct 2014 3:49 pm
At the Annual Fall Meeting of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology on September 26, 2014, several Brown University Superfund Research Program trainees presented their work and won awards. Linnea Anderson...
07 Oct 2014 11:31 am
Brown University SRP CEC and the Narragansett Tribal government held their second workshop on emergency planning and preparedness for Tribal Elders. Dr. Marcella Thompson discussed sheltering in place and emergency equipment...

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The Superfund Research Program (SRP) at Brown University, titled REUSE IN RI: A State-Based Approach To Complex Exposures embodies the key elements that guide us — the focus is on MIXED EXPOSURES, taking a state-based approach to environmental health research, technology development, and contaminated land re-use with RHODE ISLAND as our laboratory. Together with our team members from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), we work to expand the understanding of the human health consequences and management of contaminated sites in Rhode Island and other post-industrial states.

Biomedical Research

  • Learning how exposure to one chemical alters the susceptibility of the male and female reproductive system to exposure by a second chemical.
  • Developing biodosimeters to measure exposure to hexavalent chromium, a potent human carcinogen.
  • Discovering the health hazards of emerging contaminants such as nanoparticles.
  • Evaluating pathological alterations ranging from nano-sized particles to organ systems.

Engineering Research

  • Inventing new engineering-based technologies to assess and clean-up hazardous waste.
  • Predicting the flow of vapors from contaminated soil and groundwater into homes, schools and workplaces.
  • Removing trace heavy metals such as lead from contaminated water.
  • Using laboratory and statistical methods to quantitatively assess the chemicals that SRP scientists study.

Research Translation & Community Engagement

  • Informing state agencies, professional organizations and other academic institutions so that they can understand and address contaminated environments and their potential health impacts.
  • Supporting community-based groups to promote environmental justice and assisting concerned Rhode Island residents with environmentally-related issues.
  • Educating Brown University undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral research associates through interdisciplinary courses, laboratory-based activities, field work and community engagement opportunities.


We employ 73 faculty, scientists, staff and students in highly technical positions in Providence's knowledge district.
Brown University's Superfund Research Program is a win-win-win for Rhode Island citizens, Rhode Island communities and the Rhode Island environment.