About the Agency
The Director of the Division of Environmental Science and Assessment (DESA) is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and coordinating the implementation of Region 2’s environmental science and assessment programs specific to the requirements under the following statutes: Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act/Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (CERCLA/SARA).
DESA is a major organizational unit of Region 2. Located in Edison, New Jersey, the Division supports the Agency's regional and national compliance monitoring and ambient monitoring programs. It includes three branches and has approximately 90 federal employee, contractor and grantee positions, comprising a diverse group of scientists, engineers, environmental protection specialists, and support staff.
1. Directing the collection, analysis and evaluation of environmental data in support of regionally directed and national monitoring programs, and for enforcement programs;
2. Directing the operations of sub-regional laboratory elements, providing chemical, biological, microbiological and other laboratory support to regional activities for the analysis of soil, sediment, tissue, wipe, drinking and ambient water, and hazardous waste samples;
3. Providing policy guidance and technical assistance to other federal, state, local and tribal agencies, concerning surveillance and monitoring techniques, analytical methodologies and quality assurance/control principles;
4. Conducting special studies, investigations, analyses and surveys to acquire the necessary environmental data to support program offices within EPA;
5. Directing the Region’s research programs, determining areas in which initial and increased efforts are warranted;
6. Coordinating science and assessment activities with state and local government agencies to maximize the effectiveness of regulatory pollution abatement activities, especially through the mechanism of state/EPA agreements;
7. Directing the Region’s quality assurance program to assure generation of appropriate quality data to be incorporated into the decision making processes;
8. Leading the Region’s Citizen Science Program to empower communities to collect quality environmental data with which to advocate for their health; and
9. Leading the Region’s Caribbean Science Consortium to expand science collaboration between universities, government agencies and non-governmental organizations to address critical public health issues in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.