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Environmental Science and Engineering

Envrionmental science

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center's Environmental Science and Engineering Division is instrumental in solving complex environmental problems. Our experienced professionals tackle complicated requirements, evaluate feasible alternatives, and develop and implement innovative, cost-effective solutions. 

We perform comprehensive environmental assessments of sites and facilities, examine remediation alternatives, decontaminate sites, ensure the safe transport of hazardous materials, prevent the physiological impact of diseases and pollutants, and design and install fire protection systems.

Our work helps reduce pollution and other adverse environmental effects from transportation and transportation facilities.


Sabino CanyonNEPA Compliance and Environmental Impact Assessment

We provide senior technical guidance in completing and streamlining environmental analyses needed for compliance and preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation, including Environmental Assessments (EA), Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), and Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

Sample work:

Two staff members conduct a brownfields site assessmentEnvironmental Engineering

We perform turn-key services on civil and environmental engineering projects ranging from construction and demolition to environmental compliance, sampling, and remediation. Our multimodal environmental compliance work includes wastewater surveys and management plan preparation; fuel storage tank system training and spill response, inspections, and management; and environmental management system (EMS) development, auditing, and implementation support. Our team has performed inspections of hundreds of complex tank systems throughout the world and has prepared spill prevention control and countermeasure plans, facility response plans, tank management plans, and spill prevention control and countermeasure plans for many facilities.

Hazmat freight gas tankers on a railroad track.Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Management

We support the implementation of hazmat and security programs designed to protect employees, resources, transportation networks, and the public. Our work ensures safety and resilience in the national hazmat infrastructure, and includes policy development and planning, training, performance measurement, and data analysis.

Asbestos removal on a train car.Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health

We focus on the recognition, evaluation, and control of potentially harmful physical, biological, and chemical agents (for example, radon and perfluorinated chemicals) and diseases affecting human health and safety, as well as their potential impact on the natural environment.


Staff Biographies

View selected biographies of Volpe's Environmental Science and Engineering staff.

Last updated: Monday, March 29, 2021