Fostering Innovative Technology Development for Superfund Sites

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Title Fostering Innovative Technology Development for Superfund Sites
Creator Skinner, John H.; Ondich, Gregory G.
Publisher Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
Date 1987
Spatial Coverage presented at Palm Springs, California
Abstract The 1986 Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act establishes some important new policies concerning the selection of remedial actions for the cleanup of uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. EPA is directed to select remedies that utilize permanent solutions incorporating alternative treatment technologies or resource recovery technologies to the maximum extent practicable. In addition, remedies must be protective of human health and the environment, must be cost-effective and must meet applicable or relevant and appropriate Federal and State standards. Treatment technologies which permanently and significantly reduce the volume, toxicity, or mobility of hazardous constituents are clearly preferred over technologies that do not involve such treatment. These inportant provisions of the new law are very far reaching and will have significant ramifications for the types of technologies to be used for Superfund clean-up efforts in the future. Remedial actions that attempt to simply contain hazardous wastes or contaminants on site will be discontinued. Transport of wastes offsite for disposal without treatment is now the least favored remedial action under the Superfund law. Instead, recycling technologies and treatment technologies that permanently destroy or decontaminate waste will be used to a far greater extent than in the past. The Superfund amendments also create a comprehensive program of research, development, demonstration, and training to promote the development of alternative and innovative treatment technologies. The terms "alternative or innovative treatment technologies" are defined in the law to mean those technologies that permanently alter the composition of hazardous wastes through chemical, biological, or physical means so as to significantly reduce the toxicity , mobility, or volume. The terms also include technologies that characterize the extent and nature of site contamination and technologies that assess the stresses imposed by contaminants on complex ecosystems at a site. An Office of Technology Demonstration has been established to carry out this research and demonstration program. EPA is authorized to enter into contracts, grants, and cooperative agreemmts with public entities and private parties to carry out this program. Project selection is required to follow a schedule and procedures as specified in the law. The Agency can arrange for the use of actual Superfund sites for the demonstration, development, research, and testing of innovative and alternative technologies. At least 10 field demonstration projects must be intiated each year. EPA is also required to establish a technology transfer program and disseminate information an alternative or innovative treatment technologies. A central reference library Will be established for this information. The Office of Technology Demonstration will also carry out a program of training on the handling, removal, and management of hazardous substances. In order to carry rut this legislative mandate, EPA has established the Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program. A strategy and program plan has been developed (EPA Publication 540/G-86/00l). The remainder of this paper will discuss the progress to date under the SITE program.
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