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Programs and Initiatives

Homeland Security Programs Quick Links

EPA's Homeland Security programs and initiatives are located within numerous EPA offices and across all ten EPA Regions. Below you can find links to the various homeland security program web sites organized by topic. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of each EPA program office, visit the roles and responsibilities section of this web site


Criminal Enforcement and Forensics

The Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training (OCEFT) directs EPA's Criminal program and provides a broad range of technical and forensic services for civil and criminal investigative support, including responses to terrorist attacks or other incidents of national significance.

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Emergency Preparedness and Response

EPA’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) works with other EPA programs, federal agencies, state and local response agencies, and industry to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from accidents, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks. OEM’s web site features:

The Radiological Emergency Response Program, in the OAR's Office of Indoor Air and Radiation, helps prepare for and respond to emergencies involving radioactive materials. This website features:

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Decontamination, Cleanup, and Recovery

EPA is designated as the lead federal agency for the remediation of areas contaminated by terrorist events involving the release of biological, chemical, or radiological threat agents.

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Waste Management

EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery's Waste Management for Homeland Security Incidents web site provides information that can be used in planning before a homeland security incident occurs and in decision-making during and after an incident occurs. In particular, the web site includes information on:

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National Response Team

In accordance with the National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan, the EPA chairs the interagency National Response Team. Exit Disclaimer The NRT provides technical assistance, resources and coordination on preparedness, planning, response and recovery activities for emergencies involving hazardous substances, pollutants and contaminants, hazmat, oil, and weapons of mass destruction. The NRT ensures that:

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Food and Agriculture Protection

EPA's statutory authorities to protect human health and the environment, and its other homeland security requirements and assignments, help to support its specific responsibilities for food and agriculture protection under HSPD-9. Relevant core capabilities include:

read more Read more about HSPD-9: Federal Food and Agriculture Decontamination and Disposal Roles and Responsibilities, November 2005. (113 pp, 1.22 M, About PDF)

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Pandemic Flu Preparedness

In response to the President's Implementation Strategy for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, EPA's Office of Homeland Security (OHS) is leading EPA's efforts to prepare and respond to pandemic influenza. Like all other Federal Agencies, EPA is tasked with

read more Read more about EPA’s Pandemic Influenza efforts.

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Regional Programs

Each EPA Regional Office coordinates homeland security programs within their respective geographical area. Here you can select a region or use the links below the map to find homeland security information on that region.

read more Read more about EPA’s regional programs and initiatives.

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Research & Science

The National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) develops and delivers products to prevent, prepare for, and recover from public health and environmental emergencies arising from terrorist threats and incidents. This web site offers tools, applications, reports, papers, and research in the following topic areas:

The Science Advisory Board’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee provides scientific and technical advice, through the chartered SAB, to the Administrator on matters pertaining to EPA’s mission in protecting against the environmental and health consequences of terrorism.

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Water Security

EPA is designated as the lead sector-specific agency for water and is responsible for protecting water systems and detecting and recovering from terrorist attacks affecting them. EPA’s Water Security Program web site provides information to help drinking water and wastewater utilities:

read more Read more about Regional Water Security programs.

Water Protection Research being conducted by the National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) is focused on developing products and providing expertise to protect, detect, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks on the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure. The NHSRC’s Vulnerability Assessment Research Program focuses on developing software tools for water security, in particular, designing and evaluating mitigation methods such as water utility contamination warning systems.

read more Read more more about the NHSRC.

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