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NEHA Participates in U.S. EPA Environmental Technology Verification Project.

NEHA is partnering with NSF International, the National Small Flows Clearinghouse, and the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association on an undertaking called the Source Water Protection Pilot/Decentralized Wastewater. The pilot is part of the Environmental Technology Verification Project (ETV), a project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). ETV is intended to verify the performance of commercial-ready environmental technologies through the evaluation of objective and quality-assured data. The process will provide potential purchasers and permitters with an independent and credible assessment of the technologies that they are buying or permitting. U.S. EPA is funding pilots for technologies related to water, air, coatings, metal finishing, recycling, site characterization, and monitoring. The pilots eventually will be sustained by testing and verification fees.

The purpose of the Source Water Protection/Decentralized Wastewater Pilot is to develop verification and testing protocols for on-site/decentralized wastewater technologies. At the Stakeholder Advisory Group, which has been meeting since February 1997, NEHA is represented by On-Site Technical Section Chair Anthony Smithson, R.S. To date, the group has prioritized technologies and is developing protocols for high-strength wastewater (wastewater from food service, medical operations, receiving stations, and agriculture); nutrient reduction; disinfection; and package plants with flows greater than 1,500 gallons per day. Technology panels will oversee protocol development and reporting, although all stakeholders are encouraged to provide input to the panels.

U.S. EPA has emphasized to vendors that the project is not "research" or experimentation. Verification statements will be issued for tested technologies, regardless of performance. The goal is to verify 15 market-ready technologies by October 2000.

Eventually the data from all the ETV pilots will be made available through verification statements. These data will allow decisions to be made without independent testing.
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Publication:Journal of Environmental Health
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 1999
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