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Emergency Environmental Response

KEI supports industrial clients and government agencies in providing emergency response to uncontrolled releases or potential releases of hazardous materials such as petroleum and other contaminants into the marine environment. Services include designing, implementing, and performing scientific programs to determine natural resource injuries, including Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) work, monitoring of dispersant and other cleanup methods, development of spill response SOPs for industry, forensic sampling and analytical interpretation, and providing on-call emergency water quality and dispersant monitoring services in Alaska as part of a Special Monitoring of Applied Response Technologies (SMART) team. 

Hazardous materials screening in an exclusion zone of abated private parcels following a California wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains.


  • Environmental impact sampling and monitoring, including baseline delineation

  • Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) surveys

  • Forensic sampling (source and release) and analytical data interpretation

  • Real-time water quality monitoring (e.g., in situ fluorometry measurements)

  • OSPR emergency response

  • NRDA surveys

  • Dispersant efficacy monitoring - SMART

  • Oceanography - plume tracking and dispersion

  • Sample control and field documentation

  • Data management and analysis

  • Field operations coordination and logistics

  • Fire debris removal monitoring - soil, water, and air quality

In 2021, KEI responded to the Huntington Beach oil spill, providing support for NRDA programs in support of the State of California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) and on- and offshore fishery closure-related sampling for the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). Also in 2021, KEI provided environmental monitoring for wildfire-destroyed homes in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties, providing soil, water, and air quality monitoring at disaster sites during wildfire cleanup activities.

Temporary stormwater BMP perimeter controls following a California wildfire prior to removal of hazardous materials from burned out vehicles.
Buoy tracking of submarine natural gas leak from a pipeline in Cook Inlet, Alaska.
Oil spill response sediment sampling in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Recording field notes on a beach during post-spill recovery assessment in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
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