U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) is helping to protect human health and the environment from adverse effects resulting from acts of terror. NHSRC is emphasizing decontamination and consequence management, water infrastructure protection, and threat and consequence assessment. In doing so, NHRSC is working to develop tools and information that will improve the ability of operational personnel to detect the intentional introduction of chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants on or into buildings or water systems, to contain or mitigate these contaminants, to decontaminate affected buildings and/or water systems, and to dispose of contaminated materials resulting from clean-ups. NHSRC, through its Technology Testing and Evaluation Program (TTEP), works in partnership with recognized testing organizations; with stakeholder groups consisting of buyers, vendor organizations, and permitters; and with the participation of individual technology developers in carrying out performance tests on homeland security technologies. The program evaluates the performance of homeland security technologies by developing evaluation plans that are responsive to the needs of stakeholders, conducting tests, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing peer-reviewed reports. All evaluations are conducted in accordance with rigorous quality assurance (QA) protocols to ensure that data of known and high quality are generated and that the results are defensible. TTEP provides high-quality information that is useful to decision makers in purchasing or applying the evaluated technologies, and in planning clean-up operations. TTEP provides potential users with unbiased, third-party information that can supplement vendor-provided information. Stakeholder involvement ensures that user needs and perspectives are incorporated into the evaluation design so that useful performance information is produced for each of the evaluated technologies.