Report on the 2009 Workshop on Decontamination Research and Associated Issues for Sites Contaminated with Chemical, Biological, or Radiological Materials   [open pdf - 37MB]

"These seven presentations focused mostly on policy, planning, and general aspects of decontamination and restoration issues facing EPA, the United States Department of Defense, and the United Kingdom Government Decontamination Service (GDS). The keynote speaker (Thomas Dunne, EPA) emphasized the need to focus and prioritize collective efforts and limited resources to close significant gaps and better prepare to respond to and recover from a terrorist attack involving chemical, biological, or radiological agents. He expressed his view that, at present, the United States (U.S.) is not prepared to respond to and recover from a terrorist attack involving a wide-area release of a chemical, biological or radiological agent. Other EPA presentations considered how best to manage the technical aspects of a fumigation; medical and historical perspectives of natural anthrax and implications for decontamination; and the regulation of sterilants, including the new EPA sporicidal decontaminant antimicrobial product designation for anthrax. Robert Bettley-Smith provided an update of GDS activities and reviewed lessons learned from the 2006 to 2007 anthrax cases in Scotland and England. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency representative described a number of decontamination technologies that the agency is currently investigating and developing. The final presentation of the session described the Interagency Biological Restoration Demonstration Program and a systems analysis underway to identify data/capability gaps and chokepoints for restoring an urban area following an anthrax release."

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