Updated: Jun 12, 2019
It was announced today that Christopher P. Higgins, a research professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO has been awarded the position of Lead-PI on a $2.5M grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct PFAS research. This funding includes a cash match of $262,500 from the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory's Challenge Grant fund.
Over the upcoming three years, Dr. Higgins and his research group, in collaboration with scientists at four other institutions nationwide, will be conducting a research project that is being funded by the EPA's National Center for Environmental Research to address concerns surrounding PFAS contamination in local drinking water. In partnership with scientists and engineers from North Carolina State University, Duke University, Michigan State University and the Colorado School of Public Health, researchers will be focused on conducting studies of communities in Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina that have been significantly impacted by PFAS-contaminated drinking water. By performing analyses on groundwater samples as well as affected plants and persons in contaminated areas, the research will be focused on quantifying PFAS exposure and determining how these compounds move throughout the environment. In doing so, they will develop data that can be used by state and local agencies to reduce exposure and remediate the impacts of harmful PFAS chemicals in communities across the nation.