Developing and Evaluating Technology to Measure PAH Fate and Exposures

Project Leader:  Kim Anderson


The Anderson Project is working to understand where and how PAHs at Superfund sites are moving with the application of passive sampling wristbands to measure external PAH exposure for people near Superfund sites.

Research Questions:  What generalizable technologies could be applied to measure movement of PAHs at Superfund sites?  How much PAHs are individuals near Superfund sites exposed to?  How do their exposures vary as a function of location?  How does remediation of the local Superfund site influences people’s external exposures?

Connecting Research across the Center: The Anderson team is collecting real-world exposure data from the Portland Harbor Superfund Site (PHSS), McCormick & Baxter, the Port of St. Helens, Tribes, and Oregon DEQ. Anderson measures PAH composition, environmental flow, and the success of remediation; exposure information is used to inform the toxicological testing conducted by Tanguay, Tilton and Teeguarden teams.