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Bilateral Agreement Publications

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The Bilateral Agreement sought to:

  1. facilitate an understanding of each country's approach to the remediation of contaminated sites,
  2. evaluate innovative remedial technologies according to the standards of both countries, and
  3. facilitate international technology exchange.

Activities of the Bilateral Agreement were implemented in two phases. During Phase I, ten technologies at sites in the U.S. and Germany were evaluated. Technology evaluations occurring in the U.S. corresponded to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) demonstrations; those occurring in Germany corresponded to full-scale site remediation activities. Technologies demonstrated during Phase I included soil washing, thermal desorption, biological treatment, in-situ radio frequency heating, vacuum distillation, catalytic oxidation, UV-oxidation, pyrolysis, and in-situ ventilation.

Under Phase II of the Bilateral Agreement, SITE Program quality management protocols were reviewed and used to develop a German equivalent, the German Standard Procedure for the Evaluation of Remedial Technologies (the DETAD). Both the U.S. and German quality management protocols were then applied.

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U.S. EPA and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) entered into a Bilateral Agreement on Contaminated Waste in 1990 to gain a better understanding of each country's efforts in developing and demonstrating remedial technologies. The overall objective of the Bilateral Agreement was for each partner country to gain a comprehensive understanding of the other’s approach to remediating hazardous waste sites and evaluating the effectiveness of innovative technologies being applied at these sites.

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Risk Mangement Research | Air and Climate Change Research | Water Research | Ecosystems Restoration Research | Land Risk Management Research | Technology: Sustainable Technologies Research, Environmental Technology Verification Program (ETV), and Technology Assessments

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