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MTBE Demonstration Project

Project Background

EPA assembled a workgroup1 to conduct field evaluations of technologies and processes to treat drinking water (or wellhead treatment) and groundwater contaminated with MTBE. The focus of the field demonstrations was to conduct performance evaluations on field-ready technologies and processes for drinking water treatment and for treatment of groundwater and aquifer materials at the source of contamination. Proposals were due November 11, 1999. The group has selected the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, California as the host site for both source zone and wellhead treatment technology demonstration and evaluation for MTBE-impacted groundwater.

Demonstration Host Site Solicitation (Closed 11/4/99) (PDF) (9 pp, 37K, About PDF)

Technology Selection

Technologies and processes were selected based on a national solicitation to determine the best available, field-ready systems. Accordingly, the process to assess the key technical issues was deliberate; the competition was open and lengthy enough to ensure adequate notification, response time, and sufficient time for peer review of the proposals.

Solicitation Request (Closed 05/30/00) (PDF) (11 pp, 295K, About PDF)
Request for Applications to Demonstrate Technologies to Treat Methyl-t-Butyl Ether
Fact Sheet on Technology Solicitation (PDF) (2 pp, 432K, About PDF)
tri-fold brochure (EPA/625/F-00/003, April 2000)

Technologies Selected

Photo demonostrating E-Beam Technology

For more information about MTBE in drinking water, contact the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.

1 This workgroup consists of staff in the following EPA offices: the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL); the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER); the Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST); the Technology Innovation Office (TIO); the Office of Water (OW); the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS); and Region 9. In addition, the California Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Health Services are participating in the workgroup.


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