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Technology Considerations

Many technologies and approaches are used to assess and remediate contaminated sites, soil, and groundwater. Tools are available to help screen, evaluate, and implement more effective, less costly approaches to site characterization, monitoring, and cleanup. These resources apply to Superfund sites, corrective action sites under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), underground storage tank clean-ups, state voluntary clean up programs, and Brownfields.

Some of these methods are considered new or innovative. Innovative remediation technologies are those for which sufficient published cost and performance data are not yet available. These technologies may feature new methodologies, new equipment, or both. Innovative technology benefits can include better performance, reduced cost and complexity, and shorter clean-up time.

Technology Topics

Provides descriptions of innovative technologies, selection tools for making informed technology decisions, and technology developer support. Also contains several resources tailored to the special needs of brownfields sites.

Characterization and Monitoring
Provides resources on both technical and methods-related innovations including descriptions of innovative technologies, selection tools for making informed technology decisions, and technology developer support. Methods information, including information on systematic planning, dynamic work plans, sampling design, and standard operating procedures, is also featured. Case studies and modernization experiences highlight the benefits of these approaches. Finally, contains several resources tailored to the special needs of brownfields sites.

Regulatory Information
Provides information on federal rules, policy, and guidance relevant to the selection and use of innovative technologies and methods in the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites. Includes Federal Register notices, policy directives, memoranda, and links to additional resources.

Environmental Technology Verification Program
EPA's Environmental Technology Verification Program (ETV) Characterization and Monitoring Technologies Pilot program seeks to provide credible environmental technology performance data from disinterested third parties under the auspices of EPA. Under the ETV Program, the Site Characterization and Monitoring Technologies Pilot was established to increase the application of innovative site characterization by providing a mechanism for the EPA verification of the performance of the technologies. The Pilot employs a third-party verification organization (DOE National Laboratory). After the field evaluation, the Pilot produces reports on each technology accompanied by verification statements.

Other Important Links and Guidance

Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE)
Established to provide for the demonstration and evaluation of technologies for use in clean-up of Superfund sites. SITE has worked to evaluate emerging clean-up technologies and to demonstrate and evaluate full-scale, field-ready clean-up and monitoring and measurement technologies. Through the SITE Monitoring and Measurement Technologies program, the EPA National Environmental Research Laboratory-Las Vegas has produced a number of Innovative Technology Evaluation Reports to document the results of the field analytical and sampling technologies it has demonstrated.

Innovative Remediation Technologies: Field-Scale Demonstration Project Database and Report
A revision and expansion of the EPA publication Completed North American Innovative Technology Demonstration Projects, the project information in the new document is now available in an online, searchable database of ongoing and completed field demonstrations of innovative remediation technologies sponsored by government agencies working in partnership with private technology developers to bring new technologies into the hazardous waste remediation marketplace.

Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Exit EPA Disclaimer
ESTCP's goal is to demonstrate and validate promising, innovative technologies that target the Department of Defense's (DoD's) most urgent environmental needs. These technologies provide a return on the investment through cost savings and improved efficiency.

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program is the Department of Defense's (DoD) corporate environmental R&D program, planned and executed in full partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with participation by numerous other federal and non-federal organizations.

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"Guidance for Implementing Superfund Reform Initiative 9a: Risk Sharing" (March 1998)
Formally announces EPA's policy on risk sharing of innovative technologies. Under this initiative, EPA agrees to share the risk of implementing innovative remediation technologies with PRPs (Potentially Responsible Parties). [6 pp]
OSWER 9010.02
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