Helping 100,000 Residents Affected by Elevated Lead Levels in Local Water Supply

Lead contamination found in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan had a catastrophic impact on the community and its residents. CSS supported EPA’s response to the crisis by providing mobile and fixed analytical laboratory services and data review.  Over a nine-month period, our chemists analyzed and/or reviewed more than 3,400 samples. To meet the fast turn-around required for analytical results, CSS identified and adapted a standard method (522.2 Haloacetic Acids) and performed specialty analytical methods that were not commercially available.  In addition, we supported a health pilot study to assess potential chemical sources of rashes reported by affected residents.  The analytical data produced by CSS for the Flint response was used by the EPA to ensure that corrective actions were working and that the water was safe for human consumption.

Additional Projects

Emergency Response Planning for New York City

CSS’ staff worked EPA Consequence Management Advisory Division (CMAD) to develop an integrated framework for responding if a biological agent was released over a wide area in New York City.

Analytical Support for the Drinking Water Emergency in Hawaii

In response to the Red Hill Drinking Water Emergency, CSS staff mobilized on Christmas Day to set up mobile laboratory assets to analyze drinking water samples and confirm that the drinking water in residential homes was safe for human consumption.

HABs Interagency Research and Action Plans

Our scientists helped set the standard for coordinated research and action to reduce the impacts of HABs.

Environmental Resource Assessment & Management

We apply science to address challenges affecting the nation’s natural resources.

Emergency Preparedness & Response

We help our clients prepare for and protect the health and environment of communities after disasters and hazmat releases.

Human Health Risk Assessment

We help advance the understanding of chemical effects on people and the environment.

IT Services

Our IT solutions meet clients’ evolving needs.

Facilities Operations & Maintenance

We understand your facility support needs and deliver customized solutions.

Safety, Health, & Environmental

We provide our clients with tools to protect their workforce, the public, and the environment.

Satellite Data Applications

Helping create a more environmentally sustainable, weather-ready, and secure nation through application of earth observation data  

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