The University of Kentucky has won a $12.2 million federal grant that will back a research team's efforts to minimize the damaging environmental and health impacts caused by hazardous waste sites.
The award from the National Institutes of Health was announced Monday on UK's Lexington campus.
UK says the grant will support work by more than 50 scientists and students contributing to the UK Superfund Research Center.
The center's environmental science researchers are working to develop new methods to detect hazardous chemicals and clean up contaminated sites. Other researchers are focusing on whether nutrition can help reduce the health impact from exposure to hazardous chemicals.
UK says Kentucky is home to more than 200 federal Superfund sites, including 14 active sites on a list of the country's worst sites.
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