HighlightEPA staff recently presented at the Wide Area Recovery and Resiliency Program (WARRP) Waste Management Workshop in Colorado to help state and local officials develop waste management plans for homeland security incidents. WARRP Summary Report and Presentations (PDF) (145 pp, 6.17 MB, about PDF)
EPA's Homeland Security efforts include the management of wastes from homeland security incidents. Homeland security incidents, or incidents requiring a national response, include acts of terrorism perpetrated with, for example, radiological dispersal devices or chemical or biological warfare agents, large-scale natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, and animal disease outbreaks. This site provides waste management information that can be used by emergency planners, managers, and responders in planning before a homeland security incident occurs and in decision-making during and after an incident occurs.
- Basic Information
Responsibilities, Goals and Objectives, Contact Us
- Pre-Incident Planning and Preparation
Advantages of Pre-Incident Planning, Contents of a Waste Management Plan, Planning Resources
- Considerations for Waste Management Decisions
Nature of Event, Available Staging/Storage Areas, Waste Stream Segregation, Site Conditions, Costs, More...
- Waste Management Options
Reuse, Recycling, Composting, Landfill Disposal, Incineration, More...
- Tools and Resources
Reuse and Recycling, Radiological, Biological, Foreign Animal Diseases, Natural Disasters, More...
- Frequent Questions
Incident Command System (ICS)
As most incidents will generate waste, the Operations and Planning Sections of the ICS likely will have waste management-related responsibilities. Therefore, the ICS organizational structure may include, for example, a disposal group in the Operations Section or a disposal unit in the Planning Section. The information on the Web site, including considerations for waste management decisions, waste management options, and tools and resources, may help the ICS make waste management-related decisions during and after an incident occurs.