Verification and Assessment Support
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Independent quality-assured data on environmental performance, operational reliability, and cost are sometimes lacking for new technologies to be successfully ushered into the marketplace. But EPA-supported verification fills this information gap by providing technology developers with data they can use to convince buyers to buy.
Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program – ETV verifies the performance of innovative technologies that have the potential to improve protection of human health and the environment. ETV accelerates the entrance of new environmental technologies into the domestic and international marketplaces. Verified technologies are included for all environmental media—air, water, and land.
Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program – SITE encourages the development and implementation of innovative treatment technologies for hazardous waste site remediation and monitoring and measurement technologies. SITE demonstrations field-test technologies on hazardous waste materials. The demonstrations produce data used to assess the performance of the technology, the potential need for pre- and post-processing of the waste, and approximate engineering, capital, and operating costs. Potential users can assess the technology’s applicability to a particular site.
Diesel Retrofit Technology Verification Program – This program was designed to improve the emission performance of existing diesel vehicles and equipment. The program is building a market for clean diesel concepts by:
- Accelerating the delivery of ultra low-sulfur diesel
- Forging business partnerships and relationships
- Evaluating technologies and supporting their use
- Investing EPA resources to accelerate market growth
In February 2005, EPA announced the award of 18 grants designed to demonstrate effective emissions reduction strategies for diesel fleets. Each demonstration project reduces the impacts of pollution on a population that is particularly susceptible to the effects of diesel exhaust (e.g., children, the elderly, and the chronically ill). The 18 grant recipients will use retrofit diesel vehicles and equipment with advanced technologies.
The National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL) is responsible for implementing laws that control air pollution from motor vehicles and engines, and the fuels used to operate them. The laboratory’s mission is to advance clean fuels and technology and promote more livable communities.
Helping to facilitate these programs is the Environmental Technology Verification and Assessment Staff. The staff is coordinated by the National Risk Management Research Laboratory and provides enhanced technology support to the Senior Environmental Technology Officer (SETO) and the rest of EPA on issues such as technology verifications, state-of-the-science assessments, technology development collaborations, and environmental sustainability.
The Stormwater Technology Clearinghouse at the University of Massachusetts has developed a searchable database containing validated performance data and technical information on innovative storm water treatment technologies. The database can be accessed at an interactive Web site that was designed to help stakeholders (including conservation commissioners, other local officials, state and federal regulators, site developers, and consultants) interpret information such as site and environmental considerations and treatment efficiencies for various pollutants. It also serves as a repository for test reports and performance data from a variety of sources. The project has been financed with federal funds from EPA to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection under a Section 319 competitive grant. The database is still being populated with information and refined.
Contact: Jerry Schoen (413) 545-5532
Visit: Stormwater Technologies Clearinghouse .