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Albert Iannacone

Albert Iannacone, MS

Adjunct Lecturer


Albert Iannacone, MS, has a background in environmental chemistry and applications; thereof, in fields such as drinking water/wastewater treatment, hazardous waste treatment/disposal/minimization, and investigation/remediation of contaminated sites (brownfields, Superfund sites).  This latter work led to interest and experience in the field of human health risk assessment, and eventually to a position as an environmental epidemiologist at the Knox County Health Department in the Emergency Preparedness group.  There he participated in public health investigations ranging from the Kingston Coal Ash Spill to local potential cancer clusters, groundwater contamination incidents, and the health effects of smoke from waste dump fires. His interest in zoonotic illnesses led to collaborative projects with UTCVM and mentoring of student interns from the departments of Public Health and the Veterinary School for many years while at KCHD.  He also served as a resource for local news media on topics from home radon exposure to the proper collection and disposal of pharmaceutical wastes.  He was a member of the group that established the pharmaceutical waste collection program in Knox County, and has served on the board of the Tennessee Clean Water Network. Now semi-retired, he maintains an active interest in these fields and lectures on the intersections between environmental contamination and public health.


Public Health / Emergency Preparedness: Targeted epidemiological research (e.g. cancer cluster studies, outbreak or contaminated site investigation support) at Knox County Health Department. Notable projects included environmental contamination and health effects of the Tedford Road landfill and Knoxville mulch facility fires, mold contamination at a local middle school, creation of a database of all drinking water wells in Knox County and use of veterinarian data as a sentinel public health indicator (student intern projects. He spearheaded the US Public Health Service investigation of the Smokey Mountain Smelters site leading to its Superfund cleanup as an emergency response action.

Environmental Remediation: Prior to KCHD, targeted research/investigations included numerous Superfund and other environmental contamination sites prior to and/or during remediation of contamination, or related environmental health investigations.  Proprietary research into oxidative technologies for wastewater treatment was performed at Olin Water Services, 1985-89.  Participated in research investigating the feasibility of agricultural application of sewage biosolids while at the Kansas City Water and Pollution Control Dept. (1983-85).  Research in graduate school (1981-83) in immobilization of photochemical catalysts on polymer substrates, and their quantum yield for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen (for development of solar-generated hydrogen as a fuel source).


  • MS - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC;  Chemistry, 1983
  • BA - La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA; Chemistry (magna cum laude), 1981

Professional Service

  • 2004 - 2017
    Knox County, TN Health Department, Environmental Epidemiologist
  • 2008 - present
    Cape Environmental, Inc., Senior Chemist
  • 2002 - 2010
    QualTech Environmental, Inc., Vice-President
  • 1994 - 2002
    Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., ASenior Chemist; Group Leader
  • 1989 - 1994
    ManTech Environmental Technology, Inc. (Contractor to EPA) -   Technical Supervisor; QA/QC Coordinator; Senior Chemist
  • 1985-1989
    Olin Water Services (division of Olin Chemical Corp.) Group Leader for Analytical Chemistry and Product QC
  • 1983-1985
    Kansas City, MO, Water and Pollution Control Dept., Analytical Chemist

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2014   Outstanding Preceptor Award, University of Tennessee, Department of Public Health.
  • 2010   Governor’s Award for Solid Waste Reduction,  Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
    • Awarded for creation of the Knoxville Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Program (with representatives of other local and state level agencies).
  • 1993   Letter of Commendation, EPA Region VII.
    • Awarded for for accelerated remediation of 36 PCB-contaminated natural gas pipeline compressor stations. The rapid pace of the work resulted in significant cost savings and favorable press coverage for the EPA.
  • 1987   Corporate award.
    • Awarded for laboratory/manufacturing Total Quality Management team that reduced off-specification product batches (and thus hazardous waste) from 27% to 3% of batches manufactured, through improved training, manufacturing, testing and raw materials control, producing six-figure savings annually. 
  • 1985   Commendation from the City of Claycomo, MO.
    • Awarded for support in defeating a proposed landfill adjacent to local residential neighborhoods.


  • 2010-present    
    Environmental Health invited presentations (various topics, undergraduate and graduate level) at UT Dept. of Public Health, UT School of Nursing and South College, Knoxville
  • 2007; 2014
    Environmental Health Status Report, Knox County Health Department
  • 2005-2015
    “Health at a Glance” reports, press releases, TV/radio appearances at KCHD
  • 2014
    Built Environment & Public Health: Knoxville’s Experience, Urban Land Institute, Denver, CO
  • 2013
    Health Impact Assessments, TN Environmental Conference, Kingsport, (w/ Brad Parman)
  • 2013
    Health Impact Assessments, UT School of Public Health, Knoxville (w/ Dr. Kathy Brown)
  • 2010
    Environmental Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease, TN Alzheimer’s Conference, Knoxville
  • 2010
    Pharmaceutical Waste in Tennessee Waterways, Water Quality Forum, Knoxville
  • 1997
    Documenting Manually-Integrated Environmental Data, AFCEE, San Antonio, TX
  • 1996
    New Test Method for Herbicides, Air Force Ctr. for Environ. Excellence, San Antonio, TX
  • 1995
    Sick Building Syndrome at Weldon Springs Radiological Site, Jacobs Engineering, St. Louis, MO

As his career has been working in private industry supporting remediation of sites with environmental contamination, or in the public sector working on environmental and public-health related problems, publication of research in peer-reviewed journals has not been a focus. Opportunities for research have been primarily applied, proprietary in nature, and/or project-specific, and as such have not lent themselves to publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Albert Iannacone

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