Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE)
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The US EPA Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) met the needs of the hazardous waste remediation community through three major components:
- Demonstration Program: tested pre-commercial remediation technologies in the field and produces objective, credible performance information
- Monitoring and Measurement Program: focused on methods to improve site characterization and monitoring
- Information Transfer Activities: provided developers, remediation site managers, regulators, and other decision makers with informative performance and cost data intended to diminish barriers to regulatory and market acceptance of technologies.
EPA created partnerships with responsible parties (often other federal agencies) who owned or operated contaminated sites and who supported field evaluations of new technologies at those locations. EPA then identified one or more vendors interested in field-testing an innovative technology, and matched them to suitable sites under the partnership. The vendors must successfully complete laboratory- or bench-scale demonstration of their technologies, prior to selection for field-scale demonstration.
Once the technology vendor and contaminated site had been paired, field testing began. Field testing included performance data collected in the field for the technology's abilities to remediate contaminants present and the nature of any technical challenges encountered; descriptions of any waste products generated and any management challenges they posed; and cost. At the conclusion of a SITE demonstration, EPA prepared an Innovative Technology Evaluation Report, a Technology Capsule, and a Demonstration Bulletin.
Monitoring and Measurement Program
Innovative monitoring and measuring technologies were evaluated using the same approach of matching vendors to suitable sites and collecting and reporting performance data.
Information Transfer Activities
These activities were critical to SITE's ability to disseminate information collected. Data, written summaries, and results of SITE demonstrations were distributed in technical reports.