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Environmental Services Administration

Environmental Services Administration

Paul Connor, Deputy Director
Telephone: (202) 481-3847

The Environmental Services Administration’s (ESA) core function is to protect public health and the environment by regulating and ensuring compliance with applicable laws related to air quality, hazardous waste, lead, pesticides, and underground storage of petroleum products. ESA initiates effective and innovative measures and programs; partners with key community stakeholders; writes rules and regulations; issues permits; inspects entities subject to the various laws and regulations; provides compliance assistance; and, as needed, takes enforcement actions. The ESA is comprised of three divisions: Air Quality, Lead and Healthy Housing, and Toxic Substances.

Toxic Substances Division

Richard Jackson, Associate Director
(202) 654-6017 – General Number
(202) TKT-TKTK – Fax

The Toxic Substance Division (TSD) protects human health and the environment from the potential hazards associated with hazardous wastes, pesticides, underground storage of petroleum and other hazardous materials. The TSD is also responsible for oversight during redevelopment of environmentally contaminated properties and oversight on restoration of formerly used defense sites (FUDS) in the District. The TSD has three branches:
The Hazardous Materials Branch provides regulatory oversight for use and disposal of toxic chemicals.
The Land Remediation and Development Branch regulates the voluntary redevelopment of contaminated properties and oversees FUDS remediation.
The Underground Storage Tank (UST)/Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Branch monitors compliance with regulations related to the installation and removal of USTs, cleanup of leaking USTs, and the operations of existing tank systems.

Air Quality Division

Cecily Beall , Associate Director
Telephone: (202) 535-2626

The Air Quality Division (AQD) protects human health from the effects of air pollution by ensuring implementation of and compliance with the District’s air quality laws, regulations, and programs. The AQD has two branches:

The Monitoring and Assessment Branch measures the quality of the ambient air in the District and develops strategies to improve it.
The Permitting and Enforcement Branch ensures that sources of air pollution in the District comply with all air quality control regulations.

Lead and Healthy Housing Division

Pierre Erville, Associate Director
Telephone: (202) 535-2505
Fax: (202) 535-1917

The Lead and Healthy Housing Division (LHHD) ensures that the District’s housing does not pose a health threat to its occupants, by identifying existing environmental and/or safety hazards and arranging for their mitigation, both through enforcement efforts and through available grant programs. The Division has two branches:

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (CLPPP) and Healthy Housing Branch takes proactive steps to prevent harm caused by environmental health threats and responds to all cases of children under age 6 identified with an elevated blood lead level.
The Compliance and Enforcement Branch provides regulatory oversight over the District’s lead laws (including its lead certification, accreditation and abatement permitting requirements), and undertakes compliance monitoring and assistance as well as enforcement measures.