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About the Office of Land and Emergency Management

EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) has changed its name to the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). Read more about the name change

What We Do

The Office of Land and Emergency Management provides policy, guidance and direction for the Agency's emergency response and waste programs. At OLEM, we:

  1. Develop guidelines for the land disposal of hazardous waste and underground storage tanks;
  2. Provide technical assistance to all levels of government to establish safe waste management practices;
  3. Support state and local governments in redeveloping and reusing potentially contaminated sites through the Brownfields program;
  4. Respond to abandoned and active hazardous waste sites, as well as accidental chemical releases through the Superfund program; and
  5. Encourage innovative technologies to address contaminated soil and groundwater.

Programs and Projects Managed by OLEM

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Organization

Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator

Barry Breen, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator
Nitin Natarajan, Deputy Assistant Administrator

The Office of Land and Emergency Management includes:

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Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI)

What We Do

OSRTI administers Superfund, the federal government's program to clean up the nation's uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. We're committed to ensuring that the hazardous waste sites on the National Priorities List are cleaned up to protect the environment and the health of all Americans. OSRTI implements the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.

Programs and Projects Managed by OSRTI

Mail code: 5201P | EPA mailing addresses

Location: EPA Headquarters at Potomac Yards

OSRTI Organization

Jim Woolford, Director

  • Phone: 703-603-8960

Robin Richardson, Deputy Director

  • Phone: 703-603-9048

Offices within OSRTI include:

Resources Management Division

Robert Jennings, Director

  • Phone: 703-603-8723

Assessment and Remediation Division

Dana Stalcup, Director

  • Phone: 703-603-8702

Technology Innovation and Field Services Division

Pamela Barr, Director

  • Phone:703-603-0262

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Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR)

What We Do

ORCR’s mission is to protect human health and the environment by ensuring responsible national management of hazardous and nonhazardous waste. ORCR implements the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Our goals are to:

  • conserve resources by reducing waste;
  • prevent future waste disposal problems by enforcing regulations; and
  • clean up areas where waste may have spilled, leaked, or been improperly disposed.

Programs and Projects Managed by ORCR

Mail code: 5301P | EPA mailing addresses

Location: EPA Headquarters at Potomac Yards

ORCR Organization

Barnes Johnson, Director

  • Phone: 703-308-8895

Kathleen Salyer, Deputy Director

  • Phone: 703-308-8895

Offices within ORCR include:

Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division

Betsy Devlin, Director

  • Phone: 703-308-8880

Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division

Cheryl Coleman, Director

  • Phone: 703-308-8254

Program Implementation and Information Division

Sonya Sasseville, Director

  • Phone: 703-308-8648

Program Management, Communications and Analysis Office

Mark Huff, Director

  • Phone: 703-308-8730

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Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST)

What We Do

OUST manages a regulatory program for underground storage tank (UST) systems that store petroleum and other hazardous substances. An UST system is a tank and any underground piping system connected to the tank that has at least 10 percent of its combined volume underground.

Programs and Projects Managed by OUST

Mail code: 5401R | EPA mailing addresses

Location: EPA Headquarters at Washington, D.C. Federal Triangle campus

OUST Organization

Carolyn Hoskinson, Director

  • Phone: 202-564-2564

Mark Barolo, Deputy Director

  • Phone: 202-564-1611

Offices within OUST include:

Release Prevention Division

Elizabeth McDermott, Acting Director

  • Phone: 202-564-0646

Cleanup and Revitalization Division

Will Anderson, Director

  • Phone: 202-564-1642

Management and Communications Division

Ray Worley, Director

  • Phone: 202-564-1634

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Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR)

What We Do

EPA's Brownfield's program provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, tribes, and other stakeholders, to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse formerly contaminated properties. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight, and takes development pressures off greenspaces and working lands. EPA’s Land Revitalization program works with communities, states, non-profits and other stakeholders to develop and test sustainable approaches for the reuse of formerly contaminated properties. OBLR implements the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act.

Programs and Projects Managed by OBLR

Mail code: 5105T | EPA mailing addresses

Location: EPA Headquarters at Washington, D.C. Federal Triangle campus

OBLR Organization

David Lloyd, Director

  • Phone: 202-566-2731

Gail Ann Cooper, Deputy Director

  • Phone: 202-566-0168

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Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

What We Do

OEM works with other federal partners to prevent accidents and maintain incident response capabilities. We provide information about response efforts, regulations, tools, and research that help the regulated community, government entities, and concerned citizens prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. OEM administers several environmental statutes, including the Oil Pollution Act.

Programs and Projects Managed by OEM

Mail code: 5104A | EPA mailing addresses

Location: EPA Headquarters at Washington, D.C. Federal Triangle campus

OEM Organization

Reggie Cheatham, Director

  • Phone: 202-564-8003

Becki Clark, Deputy Director

  • Phone: 202-564-3818

Offices within OEM include:

Regulation and Policy Development Division

R. Craig Matthiessen, Director

  • Phone: 202-564-8016

Resources Management Division

Victoria L. van Roden, Director

  • Phone: 202-564-4253

Preparedness and Response Operations Division

Gilberto Irizarry, Director

  • Phone: 202-566-0948

Emergency Operations Center and Continuity Branch

Eugene Lee, Branch Chief

  • Phone: 202-564-7988

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Consequence Management Advisory Team (CMAT)

Erica Canzler, Director

  • Phone: 202-564-2359

Field Operations Branch

Paul Kudarauskas, Branch Chief

  • Phone: 202-564-2415

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Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO)

What We Do

FFRRO works with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Energy (DOE), and other federal entities to develop creative, cost-effective solutions to environmental challenges at their facilities. FFRRO's mission is to facilitate fast, effective and less costly cleanup and reuse of contaminated areas at federal facilities.

Programs and Projects Managed by FFRRO

Mail code: 5106P | EPA mailing addresses

Location: EPA Headquarters at Washington, D.C. Federal Triangle campus

FFRRO Organization

Charlotte Bertrand, Director

  • Phone: 703-603-0049

Gregory Gervais, Acting Deputy Director

  • Phone: 703-603-0390

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