Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center


The mission of the Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center is to conduct an integrated research program to improve the quality of the environment in order to reduce risk to human and ecosystem health.  The major emphasis of the Center is on environmental technologies for pollution prevention, waste treatment, and site remediation for hazardous substances associated with petroleum, chemical and other Gulf Coast Industries.  The Center’s research program concentrates on waste minimization, alternate treatment technology development, toxicity reduction, and other technology-support areas.


The Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center was created in 1986 under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act.  The Center is a consortium of the following nine Gulf Coast universities:

  • Lamar University – Beaumont
  • Louisiana State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Rice University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Houston
  • University of Texas at Austin

The Center’s administrative office is located at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX (P. O. Box 10613, Beaumont, TX 77710; 409-880-8736).