U.S. EPA Decontamination Conference

  • November 1 - 5, 2021
  • Online
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference will be held virtually November 1-5, 2021.

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.

Topics for this conference include:

  • 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 Response: Sampling, analysis, and decontamination efforts
  • Information Sharing and Infrastructure Cybersecurity for the mitigation/prevention and impact on environment and public health
  • Topic areas new to this year's conference:
    • 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

Registration is now open! The conference is free to attend and will be held virtually. Attendance is limited so registration is first-come, first-served.

Conference code: MS2626U2

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