Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Consequence Management Advisory Team
The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Consequence Management Advisory Team (CBRN CMAT), located in five geographic locations, provides 24/7 scientific and technical expertise to the On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) or response customer for all phases of consequence management, including sampling, decontamination, and clearance. With a focus on operational preparedness, CBRN CMAT facilitates the transition of the latest science and technology to the field response community in order to provide tactical options for screening, sampling, monitoring, decontamination, clearance, waste management, and toxicological/exposure assessment during the decontamination of buildings or other structures in the event of an incident involving releases of radiological, biological, or chemical contaminants. CMAT maintains critical partnerships with EPA’s National Homeland Security Research Center and EPA’s special teams, as well as other federal partners including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Defense (DOD), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as international partners.
EPA’s Role in Domestic Preparedness was featured in the September 2012 issue of DomPrep Journal
General requests for CMAT support should be made to CMAT Director, Erica Canzler at 202-431-3146. After-hours emergency requests should call EPA’s Emergency Operations Center at 202-564-3850.
- Response Equipment and Personnel
- Regional Liaisons
- Guidance and Other Documents
- Operations (Training/Exercises)
ASPECT (Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology): Based near Dallas, Texas, and able to deploy within one hour of notification, ASPECT is the only airborne stand-off real-time chemical and radiological detection, infrared and photographic imagery platform available to assist local, national, and international agencies supporting hazardous substance response and radiological incidents in the US.
To request ASPECT assistance, please call EPA’s Emergency Operations Center at: 202-564-3850; or the National Call Center at: 800-424-8802.
PHILIS (PORTABLE HIGH-THROUGHPUT INTEGRATED LABORATORY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM) (PDF) (1 pg, 128K): PHILIS is the EPA’s mobile laboratory asset for the on-site analysis of chemical warfare agent (CWAs) and toxic industrial compound (TICs) contaminated environmental samples and is part of the EPA’s evolving Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN). This mobile lab reduces turn-around time for data, enhances on-site decisions, provides reliable on-site data for facility clearance decisions, and eliminates the need to ship/analyze samples off-site. In addition, PHILIS may be used as a training platform for EPA’s proposed Laboratory Response Support Corps (LRSC), in CWA training exercises, once the LRSC is established. Capabilities include:
- NELAC certified for EPA Methods 8260/8270/8082A
- Configured to run EPA’s Selected Analytical Methods (SAM) methods currently under development for selected CWAs and their breakdown products
- Automated sample prep equipment, able to process a minimum of 150 samples/day total for fully staff 24 hour work cycle
- All mobile assets connected via wireless, encrypted LIMS
- Able to run four days before restocking/refueling required
- Road worthy within six hours of notification
- Set up and running within six hours of arrival on-site
- Compatible with EPA’s Scribe, Promium LIMS (via Tier 1 to 3 electronic data deliverables (EDD))
- PHILIS data will be compatible with EPA’s WebEDR
- Thru Scribe, compatible with BROOM (SNL) and VSP (PNNL)
- TIC/Superfund on site analysis
- Disaster response (natural/man-made)
To request PHILIS assistance, please contact EPA’s Emergency Operations Center at: 202-564-3850; or call the National Call Center at: 800-424-8802.
CMAT Technical Personnel: The 16 member team is located in five geographic locations including Washington, DC; Erlanger, KY; Raleigh, NC; Edison, NJ; and Kansas City, KS; and is available to respond and/or provide technical expertise 24/7/365. Most of the staff hold advanced degrees, have extensive field experience and are expert in the following areas: Biology, Toxicology, Health Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, HVAC Engineering, and Contracts/Grants management.
Region 1 and 2: Larry Kaelin (firstname.lastname@example.org), 732-321-6625
Region 3: John Cardarelli (email@example.com), 513-487-2423
Region 4: Leroy Mickelsen (firstname.lastname@example.org), 919-541-1356
Region 5: Dino Mattorano (email@example.com), 513-487-2424
Region 6: Jeanelle Martinez (firstname.lastname@example.org), 513-487-2428
Region 7: Paul Kudarauskas (email@example.com), 202-564-2415
Region 8: Scott Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org), 513-487-2427
Region 9: Jayson Griffin (email@example.com), 202-564-9499
Region 10: Rebecca Connell (firstname.lastname@example.org), 202-564-0289
2013 CMAT Annual Report (PDF) (32 pp, 8.9MB)
2012 CMAT Annual Report (PDF) (44 pp, 3.1MB)
EPA/CDC Interim Clearance Strategy for Environments Contaminated with Anthrax (PDF) (9 pp, 367K): EPA and CDC have developed an interim clearance strategy to aid Incident Command/Unified Command (IC/UC) in clearing a building or an outdoor environment after an incident involving contamination with Bacillus anthracis (B. anthracis). The strategy is based on the best available science and most practical approach, and is intended for use by public health and environmental Federal responders supporting the IC/UC responding to a B. anthracis incident.
Bio-response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE): The BOTE project is the first of its kind to bring the EPA research and operational responders together, with the interagency community, to conduct a fully functional, realistic study and exercise on consequence management after a Homeland Security event. Through the collection and analysis of 3,500 samples and the decontamination of the 90,000 cubic foot facility, EPA and DHS are now better prepared for an actual incident through improved technical and scientific knowledge as well as better coordinated understanding of roles and responsibilities of each participating entity. For study and exercise findings, please contact CMAT directly at 202-431-3146.
CMAT’s Guidance Under Development (PDF) (1 pg, 27K)
Equipment Module (EM): EM is a national database of all EPA Emergency Response equipment, accessible via EPA’s Emergency Management and COOP Portal. It includes 13,600 pieces of equipment in 41 warehouses. CMAT provides training and support to regions & Special Teams and maintains the Help Desk (toll free number). Additional support for EM is provided via webinars, frequent questions and a Quick Start guide for the module.
Radiation Task Force Leader (RTFL) Training: The Radiation Task Force Leader (RTFL) Training is a 10-day radiation safety course for EPA Response Support Corps personnel who will augment the existing Emergency Response Program personnel in a response to a major radiological contamination incident. Currently there are 50 trained task force leaders.
BioWatch: BioWatch is a national program sponsored by the Department Homeland Security (DHS) and implemented at the local level with assistance from EPA, CDC, and FBI. Its primary function is to detect large-scale releases and to alert the health care community, so they can recognize and treat resulting diseases more quickly. CMAT is the EPA lead for coordination of all BioWatch activities, working in close coordination with the EPA Regions. Specifically, CMAT and the Regions ensure execution of all activities including development and updates of sampling plans, provision of training and exercises, national guidance development, post-BAR sampling, and planning and operations for Special Events deployments.
CMAT’s Priority Initiatives (PDF) (1 pg, 28K)