Providing Fixed and Mobile Laboratory Analysis of Chemical and Biological Samples 

Returning service to mass transit systems after a chemical or biological attack is essential to the recovery of affected cities and their residents.  Through our analytical laboratory support contract with EPA, CSS supports research into methods and technologies that can be used to decontaminate mass transit systems after such an attack.

  • We mobilized on site at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where a subway rail car was contaminated with an anthrax surrogate, then fumigated with methyl bromide to treat the contamination. Our chemists tested 22 air monitoring samples over four days, providing results to EPA within an hour after sample analysis was completed. Our prompt turnaround of the air samples confirmed that the area was safe for workers conducting the demonstration.
  • CSS set up and operated a biosafety level 2-enhanced (BSL-2E) laboratory for EPA. This BSL-2E lab supported EPA’s research during the Underground Transportation Restoration – Operational Technology Demonstration (UTR-OTD).  Samples were collected from a mock subway system after multiple rounds of contamination with an anthrax surrogate and decontamination using diluted bleach. Over a five-week period, our microbiologist processed 300 wash samples of surface materials by microbiological culture.  EPA used the data resulting from the analysis of 4000 bacterial culture plates to determine the effectiveness of the decontamination methods.  Our work helped advance EPA’s body of knowledge for restoring subway systems after a biological incident.

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.

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.

Evaluation of Pesticide Safety

CSS supports the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs in evaluating the safety and potential health and environmental risks resulting from the use of pesticides and ensures that the data utilized for EPA’s regulatory decisions are scientifically sound.

Satellite Data Applications

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

IT Services

Our IT solutions meet clients’ evolving needs.

Environmental Resource Assessment & Management

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

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.

Earth & Space Science Support & Operations

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

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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