The mission of the Oregon State University Superfund Research Program is to identify polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the environment, to characterize their toxicity, and to specify the levels of those chemicals in the environment below which they pose no threat to human health. 


The OSU SRP studies the compositions of complex PAH mixtures, the ways in which those compositions change over time and during remediation, and the implications of PAH mixtures for human health. The OSU SRP aims to supply EPA and other regulatory agencies with actionable information and with tools that enable them to detect PAHs in the environment, to measure PAH concentrations, and to evaluate remediation.