The University of Arizona Superfund Research Program and Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences recently participated in the 10th Annual El Rio Neighborhood Health and Safety Fair in Tucson, AZ, to provide information on environmental contaminants and water resources to local residents. The event was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, and featured over 80 local businesses and organizations offering services and support to local residents. More than 2,600 community members attended the event, from children to senior citizens.
Many of the fair attendees live in and around the Tucson International Airport Area Superfund site. At this site, a groundwater plume is being treated for TCE contamination, as well as 1,4-dioxane. Informational materials on TCE and other contaminants were provided in English and Spanish, as a large number of the attendees were Hispanic. In addition, Denise Moreno Ramírez and Sarah Wilkinson (UA SRP Community Engagement and Research Translation Coordinators) responded to questions in both Spanish and English regarding the environment and pollution.