2021 EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference

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Presentations on cleaning up buildings and other infrastructure, waste management, sampling & analysis, and more

Characterization and cleanup of a site are critical challenges that the United States and EPA would face in rapidly recovering from a major chemical, biological, or radiological (CBR) hazard incident. This conference is designed to facilitate presentation, discussion, and further collaboration of EPA's Homeland Security Research Program (HSRP), which focuses on an all-hazards approach to cleaning up contaminated buildings (both interior and exterior) and infrastructure. The conference continues to focus strongly on matters involving CBR threat agents but also include "all hazards" elements.

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  • Advancements in chemical, biological (including agricultural threats and biotoxins), and radiological (CBR) sampling, analysis, decontamination, and waste management research to respond to threat agent contamination in indoor (in facilities) or outdoor areas/materials
  • Waste Management: All hazards applications
  • Water Infrastructure Protection Research: Decontamination efforts and increasing the resilience of aging water systems and source water
  • Hazard Response2: Sampling, analysis, and decontamination efforts
  • Information Sharing and Infrastructure Cybersecurity for the mitigation/prevention and impact on environment and public health
  • COVID-19 Efforts3: SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19) and surrogate environmental sampling, analysis, fate/transport, and decontamination studies
  • Oil Spills: Sampling, analysis, fate and transport, and cleanup
  • Insights and Applications of Social Science to Decontamination: Community involvement and decontamination efforts; risk communication and risk perception with decontamination efforts; issues of equity, vulnerability, trust, or stigma related to decontamination; citizen science and decontamination; community case studies; and impacts on community resilience

1Topic area research may include research at pilot, bench, and full scale, demonstrations, and case studies.
2 Hazard response may include response to natural disasters, large-scale accidental contamination, and intentional contamination incidents.
3 This conference will not consider presentations related to COVID-19 clinical testing, medical countermeasures, or vaccine development as these topics are outside the scope of this conference.

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