The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking organizations capable of providing technical support for the “Testing and Evaluation of Homeland Security and All-Hazards Technologies for the Measurement, Sampling, Removal, and Decontamination of Radiological, Chemical, and Biological Agents”.
The EPA is the designated federal agency responsible for drinking water and wastewater critical infrastructure protection, and remediation of areas contaminated by biological organisms, biotoxins, chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals materials, and radiological materials. The EPA is also a support agency for responding to other types of contamination incidents including foreign animal disease outbreaks and some emerging threats.
The research supported by this effort provides procedures and methods that will assist EPA responders in the detection and containment of contamination, and in the remediation of sites following Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) incidents.
A large part of the Agency’s homeland security research is coordinated through the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC). NHSRC focuses research efforts on detection and decontamination of CBR contamination that may occur in drinking water distribution systems, wastewater systems, ambient (indoor and outdoor) air, and building and other indoor/outdoor surfaces. Some of this testing involves performing systematic experimentation using actual CBR agents at laboratory scale to evaluate decontamination efficacy.
Interested organizations must submit capability statements by July 22, 2013. Further details are available under Solicitation Number: SOL-CI-13-00038.