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EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER)
pursued a three-part strategy:
- Defining Needs: 21M2
will consolidate expressed needs and identify future program technology
requirements in the areas of site characterization, process control, waste
testing, and monitoring.
- Gathering Intelligence:
21M2 will research and inventory the state of the art for advanced
monitoring technologies. This task will establish baselines for both fully
developed, commercially-ready (but underutilized) technologies, AND emerging,
cutting-edge approaches that require further R&D.
- Increasing Understanding and Acceptance
of Technology Options: 21M2 will seek out opportunities to
showcase promising approaches through further research support, demonstrations,
monitored partnership applications, case studies, training, and
TIP is now implementing the
21M2 initiative in several areas:
- EPA Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR):
OSWER is working with the Office of Research and Development (ORD) to ensure that waste program monitoring needs supported by 21M2 are included in the solicitations for EPA SBIR Phase I research grants. See http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2005/2005_sbir_phase1.html#VIII for specific details.
- Technology Deployment: OSWER is showcasing technologies
and methods that are at a field-ready, commercial scale of development. These
technologies were identified through OSWER programs (including RCRA, Superfund,
and Underground Storage Tanks) and will involve the application or further
development of a variety of techniques including improved off-site and on-site
analytical techniques, innovative subsurface characterization, emissions
monitoring, fence-line monitoring, and computer-aided data interpretation.
- Outreach: OSWER will develop and report information on
program needs, technological advances, and the subsequent acceptance and
impacts of program-supported technologies.
- Technology Search: OSWER will actively search the
literature, Federal agency research programs, and the commercial sector to
identify promising technologies.
- Collaboration: OSWER has initiated activities to
identify and cultivate mutual interests in other EPA program offices (e.g.,
Enforcement, Air) and technology development and clean-up programs at other
agencies, including the Departments of Defense and Energy.
- Procurement: OSWER will explore a number of procurement
options that will allow interested users within EPA to field promising
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