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University of Houston researcher receives grant to study water pollutants
Date:6/7/2011

the TCEQ is signaling that it will likely invest more resources into dioxin and PCB research and remediation during the next few years, Rifai said.

"The state wants to take a holistic view of all the state waters and figure out what's going on with dioxin and PCBs," she said. "The expanded scope of this grant is a sign that they are actually going to do this, and researchers are going to get the resources to make it happen."

Rifai and her team have had success in locating pollutants in some Houston-area waters. Her team was instrumental in locating a former waste site at Interstate 10 and the San Jacinto River that was the source of significant dioxin pollution. That area is now an EPA Superfund cleanup site.

Rifai is a professor in the UH Cullen College of Engineering's civil and environmental engineering department and director of the environmental engineering graduate program. She also is co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center, a consortium involving several universities. At SSPEED, her efforts are largely focused on developing an understanding of what is at risk in the ship channel in light of hurricanes and severe storms that affect the region.


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Contact: Laura Tolley
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713-743-0778
University of Houston
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