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Superfund Technical Support and Resource Centers

This page contains links to Superfund program research needs, Office of Research and Development research plans and results for Superfund, and sources of technical support for Superfund and RCRA Corrective Action program staff.

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Technical Review Workgroup for Metals and Asbestos (TRW)

The TRW is an interoffice workgroup convened by the U.S. EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management/Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OLEM/OSRTI). Its goal is to support and promote consistent application of the best science in the field of risk assessment for metals and asbestos at contaminated sites nationwide. The TRW operates technical support hotlines which provide assistance with metals and asbestos risk assessment:

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Technical Support Centers

EPA’s Technical Support Centers (TSCs) offer scientific and engineering expertise to contaminated site decision makers within EPA, including remedial project managers and on-scene coordinators. EPA’s Regional Offices network with the states and tribes within their area to request assistance.

Areas of technical support include site characterization, modeling, monitoring, assessment, and remediation technologies. The TSCs advance the use of state-of-the-science information and help ensure coordination and consistency in the application of remedial technologies. The TSCs are actively providing support at many of EPA’s most complex and high-priority cleanup sites, helping to accelerate cleanup operations and advance economic revitalization

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Center for Exposure Assessment Modeling (CEAM)

CEAM, managed by EPA's Office of Research and Development, meets exposure assessment needs of EPA as well as state environmental and resource management agencies. CEAM provides proven predictive exposure assessment techniques for aquatic, terrestrial, and multimedia pathways for organic chemicals and metals. A wide range of analysis techniques is provided, ranging from simple desk-top techniques suitable for screening analysis, to sophisticated, state-of-the-art continuous simulation models.

CEAM distributes environmental simulation models and databases for urban and rural nonpoint sources, conventional and toxic pollution of streams, lakes and estuaries, tidal hydrodynamics, geochemical equilibrium, and aquatic food chain bioaccumulation. CEAM also reviews and evaluates potential and existing software products, maintains and tests source code and command files, and provides user support. For more information about CEAM or supported exposure assessment models, see Distribution and Support Policy or browse the Frequently Asked Questions. To provide comments or ask a question, feel free to contact CEAM.

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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program (SRP)

The primary mission of the SRP is to support research and outreach activities to address the broad, complex health and environmental issues that arise from the multimedia nature of hazardous waste sites. This website contains information on the research being conducted under the SBRP.

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Emergency Response Team (ERT)

Established in 1978 under the Clean Water Act and mandated as one of the Special Forces under the National Contingency Plan (NCP), the ERT, a branch within the EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), is comprised of a group of EPA technical professionals, who provide the EPA Regional and Headquarters Offices, U. S. Coast Guard, District Offices, Federal, State, local Agencies, and foreign governments, experienced technical and logistical assistance in responding to environmental emergencies such as oil or hazardous materials spills, and the characterization and clean up of hazardous waste sites.

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