Kentucky Superfund Sites
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is home to 20 (14 active) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Priority List Superfund hazardous waste sites and to more than 500 federal and state Superfund sites. By participating in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences nationwide family of Superfund Research Programs (SRP), the University of Kentucky meets its land grant institution mandate and continues a strong tradition of cross-disciplinary collaboration. This grant represents the continuing effort of the University of Kentucky to pursue national prominence in environmental and health research while addressing issues of extreme importance to Kentuckians.
University of Kentucky SRC research efforts focus on the idea that nutrition can positively impact the negative human health effects related to chemical exposures near Superfund sites, thereby improving health and disease outcomes associated with such exposures. The UK-SRC focuses on the health impacts of exposure to different chlorinated organic compounds, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and trichloroethylene (TCE) -- both of which are prevalent at Superfund sites in Kentucky and nationwide.