EPA to present interagency biological response exercise findings

Biothreat and emergency response experts and researchers with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present the findings of an interagency biological response exercise conducted last year at the Fifth National Bio-Threat Conference next week.

The exercise was done collaboratively with the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Homeland Security. The event will be held from March 27 through March 29 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver.

The agency will highlight the results of sampling and analyses, waste management, remediation costs and decontamination efficacy of the exercise. In addition, professionals and researchers of water infrastructure will present recent advances in sensor location tools, detection systems and other innovations that improve water security.

The EPA will also present information on lessons learned from its recent participation in an urban, wide-area incident planning exercise. The agency's National Decontamination Team will talk about its support consequence management and response capabilities that follow a biological incident. The agency will present its Water Security Initiative's and Environmental Response Laboratory Network's contributions to securing the nation's drinking water.

The current five strategic goals for the Environmental Protection Agency include taking action on improving air quality and climate change, protecting America's waters, advancing sustainable development and cleaning up communities, ensuring chemical safety and preventing pollution, and enforcing environmental laws.