The University of Kentucky won a $12.2 million federal grant on June 16 to research the environmental effects of hazardous waste sites.
The grant was awarded by the National Institutes of Health and will be administered by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, with the aim of minimizing health and environmental impacts.
Kentucky has more than 200 Superfund sites, 14 of which are national priority clean-up sites, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs are a primary focus for the future clean-ups.
More than 50 scientists and students from 15 departments within the University of Kentuck’y College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment as well as Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Public Health will benefit from the Nutrition and Superfund Toxicity grant.
Take a look at Kentucky’s superfund sites here.