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1.11 The GETE Approach to Facilitating the Commercialization
and Use of DOE-Developed Environmental Technologies
Thomas N. Harvey (email@example.com; 703-750-6401)
Global Environment & Technology Foundation
7010 Little River Turnpike, Suite 300
Annandale, VA 22003
The Global Environmental Technology
Enterprise (GETE)* was conceived to develop
and implement strategies to facilitate the
commercialization of innovative, cost-effective
Department of Energy (DOE)-developed
environmental technologies. These strategies are
needed to aid DOE's clean-up mission; to break
down barriers to commercialization; and to build
partnerships between the federal government and
private industry in order to facilitate the
development and use of innovative environmental
DOE's environmental clean-up mission is
huge and complex. For forty years, DOE
weapons facilities designed, manufactured, and
tested nuclear weapons to support the national
defense. As was the case with most
manufacturers that operated before an
understanding of environmental stewardship was
developed, this weapons production resulted in
soil and groundwater contamination. In 1989, at
*The GETE Project is supported by the U.S. Dept. of
Energy's Morgantown Energy Technology Center, under
cooperative agreement DE-FC21-94MC31179, with the
Global Environment & Technology Foundation, 7010
Little River Turnpike, Suite 300, Annandale, VA 22003;
the close of the Cold War, DOE set a goal of
cleaning up its weapons complex to bring all sites
into compliance with applicable environmental
regulations by the year 2019.
The DOE Office of Environmental
Restoration and Waste Management (EM) is
responsible for remediating its contaminated sites
and managing DOE's waste inventory in a safe
and efficient manner.' DOE EM faces the
challenge of cleaning up more than 100
contaminated installations in 36 states and
territories. This includes 3,700 sites, representing
over 26,000 acres containing hazardous or
radioactive contaminated surface or groundwater,
soil, or structures. The cost to remediate these
sites, and others which have not yet been formally
classified, is not well-defined. DOE estimates
have placed the cost at over $200 billion over 30
years.' One private study has estimated the cost
of remediation at $250 billion."
Many factors will influence the cost of
this clean-up. Among these factors is the cost of
developing and utilizing remediation
technologies. The overall cost could be reduced
with the use of more cost-effective technologies,
many of which are believed to reside in
Department of Energy facilities. However, real
and perceived barriers exist which prevent these
technologies from being deployed at DOE sites
or by other agencies and the private sector.
These barriers include: 1.) lack of awareness and
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Harvey, T.N. The GETE approach to facilitating the commercialization and use of DOE-developed environmental technologies, article, December 31, 1995; United States. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc618503/m1/4/: accessed April 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.