The 2016 EPA International Decontamination R&D Conference will be held November 1-3, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.
This 9th international conference on decontamination research and development is hosted by U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC).
The conference is designed to facilitate presentation, discussion, and further collaboration on research and development focused on an all-hazards approach to cleaning up contamination, especially chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) threat agents.
Sample sessions from last year’s conference included:
- Complex Environmental Matrices
- Remediation Plan for Biological Incidents
- EPA’s Role in Strengthening Community after a Radiological Incident
- Decontaminant Against Chemical and Biological Agents
- Radiological Contaminant Stabilization
- Best Practices for Large Area Biological Decontamination
- Decontamination of Large Spaces
- Methyl Bromide Decontamination of Indoor and Outdoor Materials
- Guidance for Radiological Response and Recovery
- Decontamination Methods in a Radiological Response
- Toolbox of Options for Radiological Incident Mitigation Technology
- Data and Models Used for Federal Emergency Management
- Water Sector Decontamination
Abstracts for this year’s meeting are being accepted until August 17, 2016 on topics including:
- Detection and decontamination of CBR threat agents
- Clean-up levels and risk assessment
- Exposure assessment
- Sampling and analysis of threat agents
- Fate, transport, and containment
- Material compatibility with decontamination processes
- Tool and guidance development
- Waste management of threat agent-contaminated materials
- Water and wastewater decontamination
- Systems approaches to response and regulatory issues
The event will be held at EPA’s Research Triangle Park Campus Auditorium. Advance registration is required. There is no fee to attend this government-sponsored conference.