Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE)
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Since the establishment in 1986, the Superfund Technology Evaluation (SITE) program has evaluated 182 innovative technologies, 137 for site remediation and another 45 for measurement, monitoring, and characterization. THE SITE program's central objective has been to provide decision makers evaluation remedial options with credible performance data on innovative and enhanced commercially-ready environmental technologies. The SITE program has documented it progress and accomplishments annually in reports to Congress and other mechanisms.
Through effective implementation of innovative remediation options, the SITE program has served as our nation's premier program to promote the development, evaluation, and implementation of innovative hazardous waste measurement, monitoring, characterization and treatment technologies. Due to the ability of these technologies to perform effectively and efficiently, the SITE program has contributed towards regulatory and public acceptance of a broad range of options for cleaning up some of our nation's most challenging hazardous waste sites, making it a critical component in revitalizing and redeveloping once idle properties in towns and cities across the country.
Over the past two decades, dozens of technologies, once considered innovative, have become part of conventional, standard remedies at hazardous waste sites. It is estimated that the program has resulted in total cost savings of over $4 billion. There are nine beneficial outcomes of the program that have made a difference in the field of hazardous waste remediation, including:
- Protecting human health by reducing contaminant exposure
- Creating community benefits by treating the "untreatable"
- Increasing deployment rates of technology
- Reducing program costs across Federal Agencies
- Providing a catalyst role for enhancing innovation in the remediation industry
- Generating valuable scientific knowledge for technology development
- Reaching globally: International impacts of the SITE program
- Creating private section benefits through partnerships
- Contributing to land revitalization in local communities
The SITE program has served as a model for other technology evaluation programs.