Dartmouth Superfund Program researchers Kate Buckman and Vivien Taylor are co-authors of a study that “…demonstrates that vernal pools are important hotspots where amphibians bioaccumulate MeHg, which may then be transferred to terrestrial ecosystems.” The paper, Bioaccumulation of Methylmercury in Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders in Vermont Vernal Pools, is published in Ecotoxicology.
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
“Is There Arsenic in Your Drinking Water?” was the subject of an MDI Biological Laboratory Science Café held on July 8. The successful program was attended by 82 people, including four representatives of the Environmental Health Strategy Center in Portland, ME. Presentations were delivered by Jane E. Disney, senior staff scientist and director of education at MDIBL, and Bruce Stanton, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and the former director and current project leader of the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program and a visiting scientist at MDIBL.
Our Community Engagement Core leader, Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD, gave a presentation for 52 participants on Photovoice as a tool to engage community members’ perspectives, for the July 11 NIEHS SRP Community Engagement and Research Translation monthly webinar. She briefly explained the philosophy behind this technique, how it can be applied to community engagement work within the SRP and showed examples of her work using Photovoice with communities in New Hampshire and beyond. Anna answered multiple questions and is providing an opportunity for SRP team members to be part of a Photovoice working group going forward.
A three-day conference on PFAS was held on June 10-12 at Northeastern University in Boston, sponsored by our SRP partners from Northeastern and URI. Information is available here.
Dartmouth SRP Director and Project 2 Leader Celia Chen has been invited to serve as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) FY 2019-2021 Committee. The Committee reviews scientific publications nominated by EPA managers for FY 2019 and makes recommendations to the EPA Administrator for STAA award recipients.
Legislation to limit the amount of arsenic in public drinking water to no more than 5 parts per billion passed the NH state legislature on May 23. The bill, which cuts in half the permissible limit, now goes to the governor for his signature. Read more.
Student scientists from the Blue Hill Consolidated School in ME presented findings to the public on arsenic levels in well water from samples they collected. Their work is part of a SEPA (Science Education Partnership) “Data to Action: A secondary school-based citizen science project to address arsenic contamination of well water” project. The project is funded by a SEPA award Dartmouth SRP and MDI Biological Laboratory in ME received from NIH. Dartmouth SRP researcher Bruce Stanton is Co-PI of the grant and Research Scientist Kate Buckman is the NH coordinator.
Dartmouth Superfund Research Program Director Celia Chen will be attending the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP3) in Geneva, Switzerland November 25-29, 2019. Dr. Chen will be representing Dartmouth on the Policy Advisory Group (PAG) on Fate and Transport of Mercury. Issues will be discussed related to our SRP’s work on mercury fate in aquatic ecosystems and wildlife and human exposure. At its second meeting, the Conference of the Parties called for intersessional work to be carried out and invited submissions from Parties and interested stakeholders on a number of issues to be considered further at COP3.
The national NIEHS SRP Annual Meeting will be held November 18-20, 2019 in Seattle, WA. The meeting is being organized by the University of Washington and University of Louisville Superfund Centers. More information.