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Release No: 341-99
July 21, 1999

DOD AND EPA SIGN MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT TO COLLABORATE ON TECHNOLOGY VERIFICATION ACTIVITIES

In a Pentagon ceremony today, Department of Defense Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security Sherri W. Goodman and Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Research and Development Norine E. Noonan signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to facilitate closer cooperation and coordination on joint technology verification efforts. The MOA builds a partnership between DoD's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) and EPA's Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program.

Collaborative projects initiated under this MOA will be mutually beneficial and will result in the verification of environmental technologies that will be used to improve environmental clean up and protection at both DoD and non-DoD sites. Anticipated benefits include improved effectiveness and efficiency in the conduct of environmental technology demonstration, validation, and verification projects; better use of each organization's capacity for environmental testing and verification; joint reporting on technology performance; and more widespread communication and acceptance of joint and separate environmental technology verification efforts.

According to the provisions of the MOA, specific joint verification activities will be described in separate supporting agreements. The first supporting agreement will outline plans for a collaborative demonstration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to test and verify the performance of various explosives detection technologies under field conditions. The devices tested will enhance the capability to analyze samples that may be used to make site characterization, monitoring, or cleanup decisions.

More information on ESTCP can be found at www.estcp.org or (703) 696-2117. Additional information about the ETV program can be found at at www.epa.gov/etv/ or (202) 564-3212.