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

Decontamination Field Tests for EPA

CSS staff helped design, plan for, and implement field tests of decontamination technologies and methods using MB for EPA’s Consequence Management Advisory Division.

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. 

Operation and Maintenance of High Throughput Mobile Laboratory Units

Analytical Support for EPA’s Consequence Management Advisory Division (CMAD) – CSS operates and maintains 10 mobile analytical laboratories under contract with EPA’s Office of Emergency Management.

Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs Fact Sheet

EPA tasked CSS to prepare a Quick Response Guide for first responders on the dangerous drug Fentanyl.

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.

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