Supporting EPA’s Response at Contaminated Sites and Natural Disasters Nationwide

CSS’s Scientists work alongside EPA’s On-Scene Coordinators (OSC) to address health and environmental issues at hazardous sites

Contaminated sites pose both an immediate and long-term risk to the environment and residents of affected communities.  For more than 20 years, CSS has delivered skilled scientists, engineers and technicians to work side-by-side with EPA’s On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) at hazardous sites, including those under the Superfund program. Our field specialists investigate impacted air, water, and soil, and structures; protect the health and safety of people at or near the site; and support removal actions to confirm they meet approved cleanup levels. We prepare essential fieldwork plans, collect and ship samples, interpret analytical results, prepare reports, and encourage community engagement. We also provide technical oversight at EPA-led and Potentially Responsible Party-led removal actions to confirm cleanup efforts meet remediation goals.

Our services at contaminated sites include:
  • Preparing and Implementing EPA-compliant Work Plans, Health and Safety Plans, Sampling Plans, and Quality Assurance Project Plans for Field Work
  • Performing Site Characterization
  • Collecting Multi-Media Field Samples
  • Packing and Shipping Samples for Analysis
  • Conducting Analytical Data Review and Validation
  • Coordinating Community Outreach
  • Performing Long-term Ecological Monitoring
  • Overseeing Site Removals and Remediation
Our experience supporting the Superfund Program includes the preparation of:
  • Preliminary Assessments/Site Inspections (PA/Sis), Expanded Site Inspections (ESIs), Removal Assessments, and Targeted Brownfields Assessments
  • Environmental Site Assessments
  • Oil Pollution Act Federal Response Plans
  • Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans
  • Hazard Ranking System Scoring Packages
Our staff also support EPA during emerging environmental crises resulting from large oil spills, industrial and transportation accidents, hurricanes, and wildfires. Services include:
  • First Responder/On-Scene Coordination
  • Response Plan Development
  • Air Quality Monitoring
  • Hazardous and Household Waste Disposal Oversight
  • Logistics
  • Data Management
Our staff draw on our broad field experience to deliver effective training materials and support emergency preparedness exercises for EPA. We help design and present:
  • Tabletop Exercises
  • Field Exercises (including multi-agency Incident of National Significance exercises)
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Radiation/Nuclear Response Training
  • Hazardous Materials Technical Training (including full scale exercise)
  • Chemical Agent Workshops

On-Site Support for EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) – CSS provides expert technical guidance and field support at hazardous and contaminated sites, including sites under the Superfund program.

Steve Mason, EPA Region 6
April 3, 2019 (via email to Steve Cowan)

Additional Projects

Quick Response Guides for Emergency Response

CSS prepares tactical, field, and quick response guides used by EPA OSCs and other first responders to address a wide range of contaminants.

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.

Grape Microbiota

CSS was selected to develop an experiment payload to examine the effect of microgravity throughout the various stages of wine fermentation.

IT Services

Our IT solutions meet clients’ evolving needs.

Satellite Data Applications

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

Earth & Space Science Support & Operations

We deliver scientific support to advance our clients’ research goals.

Environmental Resource Assessment & Management

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

Human Health Risk Assessment

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

Facilities Operations & Maintenance

We understand your facility support needs and deliver customized solutions.

Emergency Preparedness & Response

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

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