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Welcome to the BTSC

EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) provides policy, guidance, and direction for the land disposal of hazardous wastes, underground storage tanks, solid waste management, encouragement of innovative technologies, source reduction of wastes, and management of the Superfund Program. OSWER's priorities include the following:

  • Land revitalization, and making property reuse an important part of all cleanup activities
  • Enhancing counter-terrorism
  • Better integrating information
  • Reducing waste and recovering energy
  • Campaigning against waste
  • Workforce development and succession planning

OSWER's goal for revitalization is to broadly promote the lessons learned by the Brownfields program and how revitalization can complement traditional cleanup programs and lead to faster cleanups. Several offices within OSWER are helping EPA achieve this goal.

EPA Office of Research and Development
EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) is the principal scientific research arm of EPA. ORD is organized into three national laboratories and two national centers, and conducts research and fosters the use of science and technology in fulfilling EPA's mission. Technology Support Center services include site-specific assistance in the areas of Superfund, RCRA, and Brownfields; technology transfer activities; technical assistance; development and testing of management techniques; and the development of training courses.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) manages engineering, construction, and real estate programs for various federal agencies. USACE is a partner with EPA and other federal agencies in helping communities prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. USACE has established a network of brownfields specialists throughout the country, and provides assistance through the Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste Center of Expertise (HTRW); the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Environmental Lab at Waterways Experiment Station (ERDC-WES); and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL). USACE is also involved in revitalization efforts at BRAC sites and Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS).

USACE provides technical assistance to communities for the assessment and evaluation of sites. USACE expertise enables it to help communities address various challenges related to revitalization, such as:

  • Obtain site assessment services and funds
  • Develop integrated plans to promote comprehensive community enhancements
  • Provide technical solutions for site assessment and restoration issues

Argonne National Laboratory
The Argonne National Laboratory is a multi-disciplinary research and development laboratory focused on basic science, nuclear and non-nuclear energy science and technologies, national security, and environmental matters. In the environmental area, Argonne's activities range from studies of fundamental contaminant behavior to risk management associated with cleanup and site long-term stewardship. Argonne assists several federal agencies with environmental technical support in the areas of characterization, process systems and engineering, and integrated management. Argonne assists the EPA's BTSC in the application of its Triad approach to sampling and analysis to manage site decision uncertainty.

Specific services provided by Argonne include:

  • Review of plans for investigations
  • Assistance in preparing site assessment plans and strategies
  • Assistance in selecting and deploying technologies and methodologies for investigations of soil and groundwater contamination


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