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Superfund sites are areas polluted by hazardous waste products that pose a risk to human health and have been designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as high priority for cleanup.

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Stephanie Eick, PROTECT trainee at the University of Georgia, has been honored with a K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplement, which provides funding to Superfund Research Program trainees to expand their research experience at another institution.

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A recent study conducted by PROTECT’s Project 5 developed a cost-effective and simple approach to improving the electrochemical production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which is crucial for the treatment of contaminated groundwater.

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Dr. Deborah Watkins, a researcher for both PROTECT’s Project 1 and CRECE’s Project 3, has been awarded a grant by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study the impacts Hurricane Maria has had on pregnant women, pregnancy outcomes, and early child development in Puerto Rico.

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There are many chemicals in every day consumer products. Phenols and parabens are examples of such chemicals that are found in a variety of products, including plastics, personal care products (such as shampoos, soaps, creams, make-up, etc.) and pesticides.

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Karst aquifers are very important sources of freshwater. They have unique characteristics that make them highly productive, but at the same time, highly vulnerable to contamination1,2. This is indeed the case of the northern karst of Puerto Rico (Figure 1).

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PROTECT trainees–Roya Nazari, Koosha Kalhor, and Reneé Wurth–recently graduated from their respective programs.

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On September 7th, 2017, Karst Groundwater Contamination and Public Health published a study by former ROUTES Scholar Savannah Gregor, former PROTECT Trainee Noushin Fallahpour, PROTECT Associate Research Scientist Ljiljana Rajic, and PROTECT Co-Director Akram Alshawabkeh on a pilot scale study of electrochemical remediation of contaminated groundwater.

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On January 23rd and 24th, 2018, 16 delegates from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation visited the PROTECT and CRECE teams in Puerto Rico with purposes of promoting humanitarian aid. The delegation was composed of corporate representation from companies such as IBM, Southwest Airlines, UPS, and Abbott, among others.

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