Providing Field and IT Specialists to Address Hazardous Materials and Support Data Management

CSS staff served as lead technical advisors on a multi-agency environmental response team after Hurricane Harvey.  Teams traveled by boat and over land to locate, evaluate, retrieve, and document orphan drums, vessels, and tanks holding five gallons or more of hazardous materials. Our field specialists conducted air monitoring at all locations, documenting activities with logbooks, iPads, and global positioning system (GPS) tools.  We uploaded the resulting data to EPA’s data management systems.  Once the retrieved orphan containers arrived at EPA’s staging area in Port Arthur, we sorted them by type and obtained a daily count of all collected items.  CSS mobilized additional IT staff on site to support the data management performed by EPA, the US Coast Guard, and other responders.  Our staff entered data into the main EPA databases from batches collected in the field by the response teams, then confirmed data quality and integrity using data collection tools and tailored database queries.  Our IT specialist created “ad hoc” queries of the main EPA database to provide the Incident Command team with real-time information on the status of cleanup efforts. We also generated and distributed daily reports on the status of storm-related water, ground, vessel, and non-vessel pollution to EPA management and other stakeholders.

Additional Projects

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.

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.

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. 

Environmental Resource Assessment & Management

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

Earth & Space Science Support & Operations

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

Safety, Health, & Environmental

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

Human Health Risk Assessment

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

Emergency Preparedness & Response

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

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.

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