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2018 EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference

May 8, 2018 - May 10, 2018

Please join researchers, engineers, homeland security experts, emergency managers, first responders, and other experts to learn more about decontamination technologies, best practices, and research and development at this year’s International Decontamination Research & Development Conference held at EPA’s Research Triangle Park, NC campus from May 8-10, 2018.

To register and/or submit an abstract, click here. (If you are a NACCHO member planning to attend the conference, please email Michelle Shapiro at mshapiro@naccho.org for a special opportunity.)

Topics for this conference include the following:

  • New chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) detection and decontamination research data or field activities and large scale demonstrations related to the detection and decontamination of biological (including agricultural threat agents and biotoxins), chemical, and radiological threat agents in indoor (in facilities) or outdoor areas/materials;
  • Cross-cutting topics related to restoration, including: clean-up levels/risk assessment, exposure assessment, sampling/analysis of threat agents, fate/transport/containment, material compatibility with decontamination processes, tool and guidance development, waste management of threat agent-contaminated materials, water/wastewater decontamination, and systems approach to response and regulatory issues;
  • Regional, state, and local initiatives highlighting local priorities, challenges, and science and technology developments related to response and recovery efforts from intentional or accidental environmental incidents; and
  • Special topics: new to this year’s conference is the introduction of a special topics category. These topics will address emerging issues as identified by the conference committee. This year’s special topics are:
    • Emerging threats: work addressing emerging threats (e.g., fentanyl, drug lab cleanup, etc.);
    • Recent disaster response: examples of work supporting large-scale natural disaster response efforts;
    • Research to response: best practices for bridging the gap between R&D and field operations; and
    • All Hazards Remediation (non-CBR): remediation efforts related to a variety of disasters/incidents outside of core homeland security responsibilities.

Since 2005, EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) has organized and hosted an international conference on decontamination research and development. Decontamination is one of the critical challenges that the United States and EPA would face in recovering from a major chemical, biological, or radiological (CBR) incident. The conference is designed to facilitate presentation, discussion, and further collaboration on research and development focused on an all-hazards approach to cleaning up contaminated buildings (both interior and exterior), infrastructure, and other areas/materials. The conference continues to focus strongly on matters involving CBR threat agents, but also includes all hazard elements.


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EPA Research Triangle Park
109 T.W. Alexander Drive
Durham, NC 27709 United States
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