Silent Spring participating in new federal research center on highly fluorinated chemicals in drinking water

The University of Rhode Island received a five-year, $8 million federal grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to research how fluorinated chemicals get into water supplies and harm humans. Scientists from Silent Spring and Harvard University will join URI to help generate new insights into these pollutants and distribute information to communities.

Researchers will examine to what degree groundwater in towns near the Joint Base Cape Cod, Mass., military training site is contaminated with the chemicals, which were present in firefighting foam used during training exercises. Residents will be informed of the findings and, if necessary, steps will be taken to reduce exposure to the pollutants.

Research Area: 

Water Research