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Technical Support Centers

The EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) provides scientific and technical support to support the cleanup of Superfund sites and other contaminated sites designated for corrective action under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Fact Sheet: Obtaining Technical Support for Superfund, RCRA, and Brownfields Site Issues (PDF) (2 pp, 493 K, About PDF)

A list of technical support centers and programs are listed below. The centers offer scientific expertise and services to EPA’s program and regional offices, risk assessors and remediation officials on site characterization, modeling, monitoring, assessment, and remediation.

Site Characterization and Monitoring Technical Support Center
Contact: Felicia Barnett, (Barnett.Felicia@epa.gov) 404-562-8659

This center provides scientific and technical assistance in the characterization of hazardous waste sites and associated site contaminants. State‑of‑the‑science methods and technologies are identified and applied to identify contaminants, determine their levels and concentrations, and identify their geographic extent and distribution for site characterization and remediation.

Center for Exposure Assessment Modeling (CEAM)
Contact: Candida West, (West.Candida@epa.gov) 706-355-8023

CEAM's goals are to develop, maintain, and apply state‑of‑the‑science technical tools including multimedia exposure and ecosystem response simulation models, environmental databases, data analysis packages, tool application strategies, and advanced educational materials in the environmental sciences.

Center for Subsurface Modeling Support (CSMoS)
Contact: David Burden, (Burden.David@epa.gov) 580‑436‑8606

Provides support for development, testing, application, and distribution of models on fate and transport of contaminants in the subsurface environment.

Engineering Technical Support Center (ETSC) and Superfund Technical Assistance Response Team (START)
Contact: John McKernan, (McKernan.John@epa.gov) 513-569-7415

This center provides site-specific assistance on engineering and treatment issues during any phase of a site cleanup. Focus areas include containment, thermal treatments, soil vapor extraction, bioremediation, and solidification/stabilization. Support is provided for incorporating technology-based data needs in the RI/FS phase and conducting/evaluating site-specific remedy options in the RD/RA and post-construction phases. The center publishes Engineering Bulletins on technologies and site types and engineering issue papers on technologies and remediation of contaminants in soil and sediment. The center also maintains and assists with developing technologies for remediation of abandoned and closed mine sites. The center supports Superfund, Brownfields, and RCRA Corrective Action sites.

Ground Water Technical Support Center (GWTSC)
Contact: David Burden, (Burden.David@epa.gov) 580-436-8606

This center provides site-specific assistance on groundwater and subsurface contamination problems in site remediation. Focus areas include in-situ water treatment, in-situ thermal treatment, monitored natural attenuation, soil vapor extraction, and permeable reactive barriers. The center also publishes issue papers on subsurface remediation and ground water topics and provides project manager training upon request by the regions. The center supports Superfund, Brownfields, and RCRA Corrective Action sites.

Superfund Health Risk Technical Support Center
Contact: Teresa Shannon, (Shannon.Teresa@epa.gov) 513-569-7596; Scott Wesselkamper (Wesselkamper.Scott@epa.gov) 513-569-7256

The Superfund Health Risk Technical Support Center (STSC) supports EPA regional and headquarters Superfund risk assessors by reviewing and developing exposure and toxicity factors that allow more accurate quantitative estimates of risk to be developed. Much of the activity is focused on developing new and updated peer reviewed provisional toxicity values that describe dose-response toxicological relationships. The center also provides user support and onsite expertise reviews. All assistance is provided on a rapid turn-around basis.

Ecological Risk Assessment Technical Support Center (ERASC)
Contact: Michael Kravitz, (Kravitz.Michael@epa.gov) 513-569-7740

The ERASC provides technical information and addresses scientific questions of concern or interest on topics relevant to ecological risk assessment at hazardous waste sites for EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) and Regional Superfund/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) staff. To assess emerging and complex scientific issues that require expert judgment, the ERASC relies on the expertise of scientists and engineers located in ORD. ERASC develops responses that reflect the state of the science for ecological risk assessment and also provides a communication point for the distribution of the responses to other interested parties.

Superfund and Technology Liaison Program
Coordinator: Maggie LaVay, (Lavay.Maggie@epa.gov) 202-564-5264

The Superfund and Technology Liaison Program facilitates the sound use of science and technology in decision making for hazardous waste programs. The program provides ORD representatives to work with EPA’s regional staff to apply technical expertise to the cleanup of Superfund and other hazardous waste sites. The program strives to enhance interactions with other EPA offices involved in environmental research and technical support such as the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER).

ORD representatives are:

Region 1 Position Vacant  
Region 2 Diana Cutt 212-637-4311
Region 3 Bill Hagel 215-814-3053
Region 4 Felicia Barnett 404-562-8659
Region 5 Charles Maurice 312-886-6635
Region 6 Terry Burton 214-665-7139
Region 7 Robert Weber 913-551-7918
Region 8 Position Vacant  
Region 9 Michael Gill 415-972-3054
Region 10 Kira Lynch 206-553-2144

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