Daily Record Staff//March 16, 2023
//March 16, 2023
Rockville-based Abt Associates will continue its work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a new five-year, $100 million contract to provide information on toxic chemical management and pollution prevention opportunities.
The EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) awarded an Abt-led team a new indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide comprehensive support for efforts to address potential exposure to contaminants. OPPT’s mission is to protect human health and the environment by evaluating new and existing chemicals for their risks and identifying ways to prevent or reduce toxic chemical pollution.
Through this new contract, the global consulting and research firm expects to help the EPA implement the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), ensuring statutory requirements and mandatory deadlines are met and will withstand legal scrutiny, insure citizens and other stakeholders are informed about potential chemical exposures and environmental releases through continued communications support, support OPPT’s chemical safety and pollution prevention efforts, which have received expanded funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, integrate equity and environmental justice as a central component of programmatic efforts and activities and address EPA priorities, such as managing emerging contaminants like per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and integrating cumulative risk assessments into TSCA activities.
Abt will lead a multidisciplinary team that includes a strong representation of small and disadvantaged businesses.
For more than 30 years, Abt has supported OPPT through a broad range of expertise and data-driven solutions in exposure assessment and prevention, such as economic analyses of lead and asbestos regulations, outreach and communications for EPA’s Safer Choice program, and online visualization tools to help illustrate toxic chemical release data. Through environmental and demographic data and analytic tools and methods, Abt provides insights for decision-makers and the public to understand how communities are impacted by toxic substances and pollutants—as well as rigorous regulatory support services to develop, monitor and uphold policy.