Forum on bioattack cleanup held

The Department of Defense’s Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear Defense Information Analysis Center recently organized a forum on the cleanup of biological contamination.

Experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Guard Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Homeland Security, U.S. Public Health and Naval Warfare all met to discuss cleanup requirements, standards and technologies, according to Science.DODLive.mil.

The DOD also works closely with federal, state and local agencies, so communicating effectively can be a challenge. The forum provided a means by which the various agencies could work together in search of common solutions.

The importance of consistency developed as a theme of the conference, including consistency in how various agencies develop materials and processes and how they collect and analyze relevant data, Science.DODLive.mil reports.

Over 100 interagency attendees used the forum to take critical steps in creating a shared lexicon and in developing what are to become standard approaches to the topic of biological decontamination. The interagency group has plans to continue its operation long after the end of the forum.

The Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear Defense Information Analysis Center is one of 10 Information Analysis Centers chartered by the DOD. It is managed by the Defense Technical Information Center.