EXPEDITING RESPONSES to emergency situations by providing valued and tested disaster planning, training and team support, utilizing expertise gained from rapid responses to quickly unfolding events such as toxic chemical releases, natural disasters, removal/remediation actions, and oil spills.

TechLaw has mobilized to manage events and to support the U.S. EPA on more than 350 response activities, conducting more than 100 removal assessments, 50 removal/remediation actions, 200 site inspections, and 500 independent sampling investigations—some involving chemical warfare material (CWM) and munitions and explosives of concern (MEC).

TechLaw emergency response team members spend hundreds of hours each year preparing for a wide range of possible emergency situations, ranging from chemical explosions to biological warfare attacks. Training includes live drills/exercises and coordination with EPA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and state and local emergency and environmental agencies.

TechLaw provides First Responder Training support to EPA and other federal and state agencies, covering topics such as hazardous materials awareness, mass decontamination response, and virtually all major environmental laws, including CERCLA, SARA, RCRA, TSCA, CAA, and CWA. TechLaw has conducted more than 700 training programs and seminars for EPA and states, covering more than 210 topics.

Hurricane Katrina
Sample Project: Hurricanes Katrina/Rita Response, U.S. Gulf Coast, 2005 — Dozens of TechLaw team members provided several weeks of round-the-clock emergency response support to EPA for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This work included hazard assessments, extensive water and sediment sampling, rescue operations, and GIS support. TechLaw staff members provided monitoring and oversight of response activities, workers, and public safety. A TechLaw Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) provided health and safety support, including training of workers and responding to site incidents. Team members also assisted with response to a 1-ton chlorine gas cylinder in a debris pile, the clearance of four buildings of hazardous wastes, support and coordination of search and rescue boats with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams, medical monitoring, air monitoring and assessment of the release of hazardous materials throughout the affected areas, with more than 2,500 facilities listed for assessment.