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SRC wins $100 million EPA contract to continue assessing chemical hazards

By Eric Reinhardt


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Cicero–based SRC Inc. a $100 million contract over five years to perform chemical-hazard assessments. The firm says this new contract continues work that SRC has been handling since the early 1990s, but new federal legislation should “increase significantly” the amount of work involved. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN file photo)

CICERO, N.Y. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded SRC, Inc. a $100 million contract over five years to continue performing chemical-hazard assessments.

SRC is the “sole awardee” on the contact and will handle the work for the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, the company said in a Wednesday news release.

SRC is a nonprofit corporation headquartered in Cicero that focuses on areas that include defense, environment, and intelligence.

Under this contract, SRC will support EPA evaluations of environmental and health hazards for new and existing chemicals.

Specific activities include evaluating new chemicals entering the marketplace; developing computerized tools to predict environmental fate and adverse toxicological effects; investigating new methodologies to identify safer products; and developing strategies and guidance to assess human-health risks from chemical exposure.

This work is a continuation of work that SRC has been performing for the EPA since the early 1990s, but the amount of work performed is expected to “increase significantly” due to the requirements of the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.”

The “Chemical Safety Act,” signed into law June 22, 2016, amends the “Toxic Substances Control Act,” which is described as “the nation’s primary chemicals management law,” per the EPA website.

“SRC has proven time and time again that it can provide superior services and products to the United States government, so it’s no surprise that the EPA picked them for this important work,” U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.), said in the SRC news release.

SRC says that it is “growing” and has more than 300 positions to fill over the next year. The company anticipates adding up to 25 chemists, biologists, and toxicologists, primarily at its Cicero and Arlington, Virginia offices.

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