Site Characterization and Monitoring Technical Support Center
The Site Characterization and Monitoring Technical Support Center (SCMTSC) is one of five Technical Support Centers operated by EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Each TSC is dedicated to serving the EPA by supplying high-quality, quick-response technical support services when the scope of work is beyond that which is available to the Regions.
The SCMTSC began in 1987 and specialized in Superfund support to EPA's Remedial Project Managers and On-Scene Coordinators. Since 1991, limited RCRA technical support is also available. When on-site work is required, the SCMTSC provides specialized teams of ORD and contract scientists equipped to aid the Regions with screening and site characterization. The diversity of expertise available through the SCMTSC allows it to work with the RPMs and OSCs anytime during a site characterization event. Often these projects lead to identification of further research needs or development of protocols for experimental or sampling design.
In addition to direct technical support, the SCMTSC facilitates technical communication to the Regions through the Technology Transfer Project. Team efforts between the TSCs, ORD researchers, and the Regions result in better technology, quicker response, and greater legal defensibility.
Special Analytical Services
GIS and Data Interpretation
Site Characterization Technologies
(e.g., field-portable x-ray fluorescence