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Title: Enabling cleanup technology transfer.

Abstract

Technology transfer in the environmental restoration, or cleanup, area has been challenging. While there is little doubt that innovative technologies are needed to reduce the times, risks, and costs associated with the cleanup of federal sites, particularly those of the Departments of Energy (DOE) and Defense, the use of such technologies in actual cleanups has been relatively limited. There are, of course, many reasons why technologies do not reach the implementation phase or do not get transferred from developing entities to the user community. For example, many past cleanup contracts provided few incentives for performance that would compel a contractor to seek improvement via technology applications. While performance-based contracts are becoming more common, they alone will not drive increased technology applications. This paper focuses on some applications of cleanup methodologies and technologies that have been successful and are illustrative of a more general principle. The principle is at once obvious and not widely practiced. It is that, with few exceptions, innovative cleanup technologies are rarely implemented successfully alone but rather are implemented in the context of enabling processes and methodologies. And, since cleanup is conducted in a regulatory environment, the stage is better set for technology transfer when the contextmore » includes substantive interactions with the relevant stakeholders. Examples of this principle are drawn from Argonne National Laboratory's experiences in Adaptive Sampling and Analysis Programs (ASAPs), Precise Excavation, and the DOE Technology Connection (TechCon) Program. The lessons learned may be applicable to the continuing challenges posed by the cleanup and long-term stewardship of radioactive contaminants and unexploded ordnance (UXO) at federal sites.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab., IL (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
799822
Report Number(s):
ANL/EA/CP-108405
Journal ID: ISSN 1470--6075; TRN: US200221%%1629
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31-109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 4; Conference: Tech Transfer 2002 Seminar/Workshop, Lihue, Kauai, HI (US), 07/29/2002--07/30/2002; Other Information: PBD: 12 Aug 2002
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; REMEDIAL ACTION; EXCAVATION; PERFORMANCE; SAMPLING; TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER; RADIOISOTOPES; CHEMICAL EXPLOSIVES; US DOE; US DOD

Citation Formats

Ditmars, J D. Enabling cleanup technology transfer.. United States: N. p., 2002. Web. doi:10.1504/IJTTC.2003.003175.
Ditmars, J D. Enabling cleanup technology transfer.. United States. doi:10.1504/IJTTC.2003.003175.
Ditmars, J D. Mon . "Enabling cleanup technology transfer.". United States. doi:10.1504/IJTTC.2003.003175. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/799822.
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abstractNote = {Technology transfer in the environmental restoration, or cleanup, area has been challenging. While there is little doubt that innovative technologies are needed to reduce the times, risks, and costs associated with the cleanup of federal sites, particularly those of the Departments of Energy (DOE) and Defense, the use of such technologies in actual cleanups has been relatively limited. There are, of course, many reasons why technologies do not reach the implementation phase or do not get transferred from developing entities to the user community. For example, many past cleanup contracts provided few incentives for performance that would compel a contractor to seek improvement via technology applications. While performance-based contracts are becoming more common, they alone will not drive increased technology applications. This paper focuses on some applications of cleanup methodologies and technologies that have been successful and are illustrative of a more general principle. The principle is at once obvious and not widely practiced. It is that, with few exceptions, innovative cleanup technologies are rarely implemented successfully alone but rather are implemented in the context of enabling processes and methodologies. And, since cleanup is conducted in a regulatory environment, the stage is better set for technology transfer when the context includes substantive interactions with the relevant stakeholders. Examples of this principle are drawn from Argonne National Laboratory's experiences in Adaptive Sampling and Analysis Programs (ASAPs), Precise Excavation, and the DOE Technology Connection (TechCon) Program. The lessons learned may be applicable to the continuing challenges posed by the cleanup and long-term stewardship of radioactive contaminants and unexploded ordnance (UXO) at federal sites.},
doi = {10.1504/IJTTC.2003.003175},
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number = 4,
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place = {United States},
year = {Mon Aug 12 00:00:00 EDT 2002},
month = {Mon Aug 12 00:00:00 EDT 2002}
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