Emergency Response

Hurricane Harvey and Irma Response Recovery teams are available 24/7 with equipment to manage liquids, solids, debris, household hazardous waste, chemicals and oil to assist with business continuity. Detailed List of Recovery Operations Services (PDF).

24-Hour Emergency Spill Response Services for virtually any type of environmental incident.

For nearly thirty years, SWS Environmental Services has been providing 24-hour, 365 days a year, emergency spill response services to transportation companies, chemical manufacturers, petroleum companies, railroads, the airline industry, ports and harbors, utilities and local, state and federal government agencies.

SWS provides hazmat response, oil spill response and other emergency spill response capabilities for a broad range of incidents including a spill of oil, fuel, chemical, or other hazardous materials resulting from vehicular accidents, derailments, aviation incidents, abandonment, natural disasters and industrial facility accidents. All hazmat response personnel have extensive training in emergency spill response, from senior level operations managers to hazardous material technicians, our personnel combine experience, knowledge and training to provide safe, effective and reliable coverage.


We have mitigation, containment and cleanup capabilities for a broad range of incidents involving discharge of petroleum products, chemicals and/or other hazardous materials resulting from vehicular accidents, derailments, aviation accidents, abandonment, natural disasters, homeland security threats, and industrial facility incidents

Operating from 30 response centers located throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas, this strategic positioning along with a vast inventory of response equipment, personnel and resources, allows us to provide clients with maximum capabilities and minimal time delays to incidents occurring throughout the Southeast and Midwest


SWS is a U.S. Coast Guard certified Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) qualified in river/canal and inland operating environments for both facilities and vessels. Our classification matrix illustrates capabilities for COTP Zones across the Eastern United States. Response equipment is staged at all service centers including oil skimmers, containment boom, sorbent materials, motor vessels, pumps and other response equipment ready for immediate deployment. Regardless of time, weather, quantity or product, SWSES’ marine-based spill response services are always available and always ready at a moments notice.

With ideally located response centers along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, the ability to pre-stage equipment and resources creates a profound effect on response times for river/canal and near shore releases. Access to over 50,000 feet of boom, high capacity oil skimmers and pumps and a national network of available supportive resources creates a tremendous ability to respond to incidents of the largest magnitude.


To better serve the needs of our clients with a national footprint, SWSES has implemented a new National Response Network aimed at providing single-source management for emergency spill response and recovery efforts. This network of pre-qualified response contractors throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, affords clients the opportunity to streamline their risk management by utilizing SWSES as the primary point of contact for their environmental needs.


Pipeline Explosion Texas (PDF – 63.3KB)
TVA Fly Ash Release (PDF – 59.9KB)
Pipeline Explosion Florida (PDF – 60.0KB)
Highway Accident Spill Ethanol, Oil and Fuel (PDF – 192KB)


Emergency Spill Response Services (PDF – 1.13KB)
Maritime Response (PDF – 1.75MB)
Railroad Response (PDF – 1.32MB)

"I have been using SWS Environmental for the past three years and have found them to be extremely responsive and professional. From small to large projects the dedication that each employee takes on shows the strength of the company. Where most companies find a way to lessen their involvement, SWS takes the path of what more can we do to prevent future problems from reoccurring. It's important to have a good company in today's market, but it is more important to have employees who are hard working and dedicated to putting their best foot forward and that's what SWS has."

Stuart B Clean Earth


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