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Shady Side Native Assists in Shuttle Recovery Project
Release Date: 2/6/2003
Contact Information: Roy Seneca, (215) 814-5567
Roy Seneca, (215) 814-5567
PHILADELPHIA – A Shady Side, Ohio man is among nearly 60 hazardous materials experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who traveled to Lufkin, Texas to assist with the cataloging, sampling, packaging, and transporting of debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Perry Gaughan, a Shady Side native and a 1975 graduate of St. John’s Central High School in Bellaire, Ohio, works as an on-scene coordinator for the Hazardous Site Cleanup Division of EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional office in Philadelphia. Gaughan, who currently lives in Philadelphia, is participating on teams of federal representatives from a variety of agencies. He is a 1979 graduate of Bethany College with a chemistry degree.
As an on-scene coordinator, Gaughan is trained to respond to emergency situations that could involve contact with hazardous materials. EPA is assisting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the recovery project by using its national response network that is designed to deploy quickly to assist in emergency situations, and ensure our efforts are closely coordinated with federal, state and local responders.
EPA has also mobilized Airborne Spectral Photo-Imaging of Environmental Contaminants (ASPECT) aircraft to help locate debris using infrared sensors to detect hazardous chemicals and deployed the Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzer bus – a mobile air lab – to provide mobile analytical support.