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EPA Publishes Report on High-Performing and Cost-Effective Hazardous Waste Treatment Technologies

Release Date: 05/09/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819/

(05/09/03) The National Risk Management Research Laboratory, under EPA’s Office of Research and Development, has published the “The Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program Annual Report to Congress Fiscal Year 2001.” The SITE Program provides environmental decision-makers with data on new treatment technologies that perform better and cost less than existing technologies. Since the program’s inception in 1986, it is estimated that cleanup of contaminated sites through the use of SITE technologies has resulted in cost savings of more than $2.6 billion. This program was established in response to the 1986 Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, which recognized the need for new treatment technology research. Treatment tools and technologies developed under SITE prevent and control pollution of air, land, water; protect public water systems; remediate contaminated sites and ground water; and prevent and control indoor air hazards. New technology is field-tested on hazardous waste materials, and engineering and cost data are collected so potential users can assess the technology’s applicability to a particular site. The report discusses the SITE program’s cost savings and vendor benefits through the promotion of innovative, cost-effective technologies. More information on the SITE program is available at: