The Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the ways in which arsenic and mercury in the environment affect ecosystems and human health. We communicate our results to communities, grass-roots organizations, and state and federal agencies, and we train students to conduct research from both a clinical and community-based perspective. We hope you will be inspired to ask questions about our work, and will learn about the ways these metals may affect your health.


2019 NH Arsenic Consortium Meeting: Friday, March 22

The next NH Arsenic Consortium meeting will be on Friday, March 22 (weather date March 28), 2019 at NHDES/DHHS 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. Please Register HERE and plan to attend to help us fill in the Roadmap to Reduce Arsenic Exposure in NH and hear research updates.

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Celia Chen Participates in Podcast on Mercury Emissions

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program Director and Researcher Celia Chen participated in a podcast on Mercury and air toxics and the EPAs proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule. The podcast was done by breathific, which is a nonprofit organization founded by high school students to increase awareness about air quality.

NHDES Releases Recommendation for Arsenic Maximum Contaminant Level

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services released a two-part report to the State Legislature detailing their rationale for reducing the state MCL (maximum contaminant level) for arsenic from the current federal standard of 10 parts per billion (ppb) to 5 ppb. More details are available in the reports and the press release and media coverage pertaining to Dartmouth Superfund input on the report is available here.

Bruce Stanton Radio Interview on SEPA Project

Dartmouth SRP researcher Bruce Stanton was interviewed by Carol Higgins Taylor on Voice of Maine radio on the SEPA (Science Education Partnership) "Data to Action: A secondary school-based citizen science project to address arsenic contamination of well water" project. The project is funded by a SEPA award Dartmouth SRP and MDI Biological Laboratory in ME received from NIH.

Update on EPA Coal Plant Mercury Emissions Rule-Proposed Changes in Rulemaking

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program Director and Researcher Celia Chen is quoted in several media stories raising concerns about the US EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) proposal to "change the way the federal government calculates the costs and benefits of dangerous air pollutants, arguing that authorities should exclude some of the public health benefits stemming from new rules." The Washington Post USA Today NPR

Mercury Matters 2018

A Science Brief for Journalists and Policymakers

Mercury Matters 2018 is a summary of the latest information on mercury research on health and environmental effects, improvements occurring since the adoption of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), and evidence of the health benefits from mercury reductions.

SRP Researchers' Paper Chosen as Paper of the Month

NIEHS has chosen the paper Intrauterine Multi-Metal Exposure is Associated with Reduced Fetal Growth Through Modulation of the Placental Gene Network as one of its Extramural papers of the month. The study, co-authored by Dartmouth Superfund Research Program researchers Brian Jackson and Margaret Karagas, "...provided a novel approach that integrated advanced bioinformatics and biostatistics methods to delineate potential placental pathways through which trace metal exposures might affect fetal growth."

Latest Papers

Paper Published on Effect of Metal Contaminants on Growth and Functioning of Placenta

Dartmouth Superfund Program researchers Tracy Punshon, Brian Jackson and Margaret Karagas are co-authors of a paper that examines relationships between placental concentrations of cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), mercury (Hg) and lead (Pb) and measures of placental growth and functioning as part of the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study. Placental Metal Concentrations in Relation to Placental Growth, Efficiency and Birth Weight

Paper Published on Methylmercury (MeHg) Levels in Water Column and Estuarine Food Webs

Dartmouth Superfund Research Associate Vivien Taylor is the lead author of Organic Carbon Content Drives Methylmercury Levels in the Water Column and in Estuarine Food Webs Across Latitudes in the Northeast United States on the relationship between dissolved organic carbon levels and the level of MeHg concentrations in fish and invertebrates. The findings "suggest that increased inputs of MeHg and loss of wetlands associated with climate change and anthropogenic land use pressure will increase MeHg concentrations in estuarine food webs." Dartmouth College Press Release

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Brief on Arsenic in Water in Food in NH

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New Web Application Developed!

ScanGEO allows rapid meta-analysis of publicly available gene expression. For more information, refer to the Applications Note.

Well Water Community Action Toolkit

The Toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to help communities ensure the safety of private well water.

Mercury: From Source to Seafood

WATCH Mercury: From Source to Seafood to learn how mercury enters the seafood we eat, why eating low-mercury fish is important for good health, and how to keep mercury out of the environment.

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