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EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) pursued a three-part strategy:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 technical outreach.


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 technologies.

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