Posted: Sep 17, 2011 10:12 AM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE- An LSU chemistry professor has been awarded an $11 million federal grant to further the LSU Superfund Research Center's studies on tiny particles left after toxic waste is burned.
Barry Dellinger says these "environmentally persistent free radicals" are essentially incomplete molecules that remain in the environment for a long time. He says trying to extract them with solvents creates new chemicals, and possible new problems.
The center's goals include finding how prevalent the particles are in the environment, how they get there, and how they affect people and animals, including possible connections with illnesses.
The grant is from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which gave Dellinger $3.6 million in 2009 to start the center.