EPA Special Teams
Environmental Response Team
The Environmental Response Team (ERT) is a vital force in the battle to eliminate hazardous substance threats. The ERT is a group of EPA technical experts who provide around-the-clock assistance at the scene of hazardous substance releases, offering expertise in such areas as treatment, biology, chemistry, hydrology, geology, and engineering. The ERT can provide support to the full range of emergency response actions, including unusual or complex emergency incidents such as when an underwater release challenges EPA. In such cases, the ERT can bring in special equipment and experienced responders, and can provide the OSC or lead responder with experience and advice.
Radiological Response Team
The Radiological Emergency Response Team (RERT) is a specialized unit that responds to emergencies requiring the cleanup of radioactive substances. They provide onsite and lab-based risk monitoring services.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Consequence Management Advisory Team
The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Consequence Management Advisory Team (CBRN CMAT) provides scientific support and technical expertise for decontamination of buildings, building contents, public infrastructure, agriculture, and associated environmental media. Specialized expertise, such as biochemistry, microbiology and medicine, health physics, toxicology, HVAC engineering, and industrial hygiene, is available to assist local, national, and international agencies supporting hazardous substance response and remedial operations, including Nationally Significant Incidents.
National Criminal Enforcement Response Team
The Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics, and Training’s National Criminal Enforcement Response Team (NCERT) supports environmental crime investigations involving chemical, biological, or radiological releases to the environment. NCERT’s specially trained Law Enforcement Officers:
- Collect forensic evidence within contaminated zones;
- Serve as law enforcement liaisons with other law enforcement agencies; and
- Provide protective escorts to EPA’s OSCs, contractors and other EPA Special Teams during national emergencies.