About This Service

Federal agencies rely on CSS’ expertise to prepare for and respond to disasters, catastrophic events, and contaminated sites across the country. We have continuously supported federal emergency and environmental response contracts since 1989.

We help agencies plan for and respond to hazardous material and hazardous waste incidents, including contaminants of concern, chemical warfare agents, pathogens, and other chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear (CBRN) hazards.

Our scientists, engineers, and technicians integrate ongoing technical research with field-based experience to advance new methods and technologies.

What we do:

  • Planning and delivering training and exercises
  • Developing technical guidance documents, sample plans, and SOPs
  • Operating and maintaining fixed and mobile analytical laboratories
  • Supporting personnel and area decontamination for CBRN incidents
  • Calculating Human Health Reference Values (HHRV)
  • Biomonitoring for toxin exposure
  • Activity-based sampling at hazardous sites
  • Overseeing and enhancing removal actions at contaminated sites
  • Testing and demonstrating field technologies, procedures, and equipment
  • Managing and validating large analytical, field, and research data sets
  • Handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous and universal wastes
  • Providing on-site technical support and coordination with first responders
  • Detecting and identifying chemical and biological agents at large public events

Related Projects

Expert Guidance to EPA’s Consequence Management Advisory Division

Technical Support for EPA’s Consequence Management Advisory Division (CMAD) – CSS provides expert technical guidance and field support related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) decontamination.

Guiding Wildfire Response and Recovery

CSS supports communities following catastrophic wildfires to ensure that items discarded during site cleanup are properly identified, sorted, and sent to an appropriate disposal facility.

Supporting EPA’s Emergency Response Efforts following Hurricane Harvey

CSS staff served as lead technical advisors on a multi-agency environmental response team after Hurricane Harvey. 

Mobilizing Onsite at National Special Security Events

CSS operates and maintains EPA mobile analytical units that travel to support multi-agency security efforts during high profile events that draw large crowds. 

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.

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