Directed by Dr. Robyn Tanguay, the Superfund Research Program (SRP) at Oregon State University was established in 2009 and brings together a multidisciplinary team with years of experience in PAH and environmental health issues.

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are re-emerging as an environmental pollutant of concern. PAHs, found at Superfund sites and urban settings, are formed in the burning of carbon-based energy sources, e.g., diesel, gasoline, coal, petroleum and in cooking or tobacco smoke. Learn more about PAHs

Diverse Stakeholders A CORE Administration B CORE Research Translation C CORE Biostatistics & Modeling D CORE Chemistry E CORE Community Engagement F CORE Training Biomedical Non-Biomedical Project 1 PAHS in Humans at Environmental Levels: Pharmacokinetics, Metabolism and Susceptible Individuals Project 2 Cross-Species and Life Stage Comparisons of PAH Dosimetry Project 3 Systems Approach to Define Toxicity of Complex PAH Mixtures Project 4 Bridging Superfund Sites Based Bioavailable Extracts with Biology Project 5 Formation of Hazardous PAH Breakdown Products in Complex Environmental Mixtures at Superfund Sites National Priority List Sites: 1. McCormick and Baxter Superfund (OR) 2. Portland Harbor Superfund (OR) 3. Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund (WA) 4. St. Maries Superfund (ID) 5. Anniston PCB Superfund site (AL) 6. American Creosote Works (LA) Hazardous Waste Sites: 1. Grasse River Study Area (NY) 2. Dewey-Loeffel Landfill (NY) 3.Passaic River-Newark Bay Study Area (NJ) 4. Hudson River PCBs (NY) 5. Swinomish Indian Reservation and Samish Indian Nation (WA) 6. CTUIR Ceded Territory (OR)

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The Center currently has five Research Projects working together with Support Cores from both Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Investigators emphasize basic and applied research using state-of-the-art techniques to better understand PAHs and their impacts on human and ecological health. Since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, OSU SRP has an additional focus on petrogenic forms of PAHs found within crude oil.

Oregon State University Mission StatementOSU was awarded renewed funding for 2013-2018. Read story.  Dr. David Williams was Director from April 2009 - Dec. 2014.

The Center is federally funded and administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS grant #P42 ES016465), an institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Superfund Program History

The national Superfund program was established by Congress in 1980.  The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 established a university-based program of basic research within the NIEHS, an institute of the National Institutes of Health.  Funding is received through an Interagency Agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency using Superfund Trust monies.  The program's primary objectives are to expand the base of scientific knowledge, reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances and, ultimately, prevent adverse human health effects.


Mailing Address/FAX is:

Superfund Research Program
1011 ALS Building
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Fax: 541-737-4371