Dr. Margaret Karagas was featured in an NIEHS Story of Success for her many years of research examining health impacts from infancy to adulthood including her 25 years as part of the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program. The story discusses the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study and work occurring as part of the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth.
“As Trump Overhauls Mercury Regulations, Toxic Emissions Could Rise”: Check out Dr. Celia Chen interview on the New England News Collaborative show, NEXT, at 19:40 in the broadcast. On April 16, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overturned the Agency’s prior determination and deemed that it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate mercury and other hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from oil- and coal-fired power plants under section 112 of the Clean Air Act. According to legal scholars, this decision undermines the foundation of the MATS rule and invites challenges to the emissions standards themselves. More details are available in Mercury Matters 2020: A Science Brief for Journalists.
Muse ME, Li Z, Baker ER, Cottingham KL, Korrick SA, Karagas MR, Gilbert-Diamond D. 2020. Relation Between In Utero Arsenic Exposure and Growth During the First Year of Life in a New Hampshire Pregnancy Cohort. Environmental Research. Environ Res. 2020 Jan; 180:108604. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.108604. Epub 2019 Jul 22. PMID: 31710845.
Data literacy education using arsenic in private well water led by Mt Desert Island Biological Lab and the Dartmouth Superfund Program reports well testing results.
On July 12, 2019, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed HB 261, a bill to reduce the Maximum Contaminant Level for arsenic in public water from 10 parts per billion to 5, making New Hampshire the second state in the country with this protective level. “Dartmouth’s Superfund Research Program is proud to have played a leading role in helping the state make this move in support of public health,” said Celia Chen, director of the Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program at Dartmouth. “Health policy requires fact-based, long-term research to provide the best outcomes for the general public.” See Press Release. Additional coverage: NIEHS Environmental Factor Dartmouth College News Concord Monitor NBC5 News
Dartmouth Superfund Program researchers Tracy Punshon, Brian Jackson and Margaret Karagas are co-authors of a paper that examines relationships between placental concentrations of cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), mercury (Hg) and lead (Pb) and measures of placental growth and functioning as part of the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study. Placental Metal Concentrations in Relation to Placental Growth, Efficiency and Birth Weight
K.L. Buckman, E.A. Seelen, R.P. Mason, P. Balcom, V.F. Taylor, J.E. Ward, C.Y. Chen. 2019. Sediment Organic Carbon and Temperature Effects on Methylmercury Concentration: A Mesocosm Experiment. Science of The Total Environment Volume 666, 20 May 2019, Pages 1316-1326.