Taking on Groundwater Contaminants

Paul Tratnyek investigates the fate, effects and remediation of contaminants.

A project led by Paul Tratnyek, Ph.D., and Richard Johnson, Ph.D., professors in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, was awarded 2019 Project of the Year by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.

The project, titled “Emerging Core Concepts for Assessment and Enhancement of Abiotic Natural Attenuation of Groundwater Contaminants”, aims to enable more efficient and effective methods for remediation of contaminated groundwater.

The main contaminants addressed by the project are energetic chemicals associated with explosives, like TNT, but the results are applicable to a wide range of other contaminants such at chlorinated solvents and metals, including TCE and chromate.

The findings will help those responsible for management and cleanup of contaminated field sites to minimize human and ecological risks efficiently and reliably.

Tratnyek and Johnson received the award at the Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. on December 3.

See the Environmental Research and Development Program announcement SERDP 2019 Project of the Year Award for Environmental Restoration.

Image above: Tratnyek (center) and Johnson (left) with Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program officials.

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