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Environmental Services Administration

Collin Burrell, Deputy Director
Telephone  (202) 535-2255

The Environmental Services Administration (ESA) protects public health and the environment in areas related to air quality, hazardous waste, lead, pesticides, and underground storage of petroleum products. ESA is comprised of three divisions: Toxic Substances, Air Quality, and Lead and Healthy Housing.

Toxic Substances Division

Dave Tomlinson, Associate Director
(202) 654-6017

The Toxic Substance Division (TSD) works with hazardous wastes, pesticides, underground storage of petroleum, and other hazardous contamination. These and other responsibilities are broken down between three branches:

  • The Hazardous Materials/Pesticides Branch oversees the use and disposal of toxic chemicals and registers and provides oversight on pesticides in the District.
  • The Land Remediation and Development Branch oversees the voluntary redevelopment of contaminated properties, required remediation of sites with known hazardous pollution releases, and the remediation of formerly used defense sites.
  • The Underground Storage Tank (UST)/Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Branch ensures proper installation, operation and removal of USTs, and the cleanup of LUSTs, and surrounding areas.

Air Quality Division

Kelly Crawford, Associate Director
Telephone (202) 724 - 7650

The Air Quality Division (AQD) ensures implementation of and compliance with the District’s air quality laws. The division has three branches:

  • The Permitting Branch reviews permit applications for new and existing sources of air pollution. The branch ensures permits individually and collectively do not exceed various air quality standards.
  • The Monitoring and Assessment Branch measures the quality of the outdoor air in the District and develops strategies to improve it.
  • The Compliance and Enforcement Branch inspects facilities, buildings, and other sources of air pollution. When a violation is observed, the branch may issue a warning letter, fine, or an order, to ensure compliance with the law.

Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Division

The Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Division ensures that the housing in the District does not pose a health threat to its occupants. Threats are identified and mitigation is arranged through enforcement efforts and grant programs. The Division has two branches:

  • The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (CLPPP) and Healthy Homes Branch takes proactive steps to prevent harm caused by indoor environmental health threats and responds to all cases of children under age six identified with an elevated blood lead level.
  • The Compliance and Enforcement Branch oversees the District’s lead laws (including lead certification, accreditation, and abatement requirements), and undertakes compliance monitoring and assistance as well as enforcement measures.