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Current petroleum-based solvents are widely used in the U.S. military but contain hazardous air pollutants and volatile organic compounds, which cause health and environmental problems. An ongoing ESTCP project is working to qualify and transition an environmentally compliant cleaning solvent for the efficient removal of such pollutants and other contaminants from DoD aircraft composite structures. More

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Hydrophobic organic compounds like PCBs contaminate sediments at many DoD sites. Research has shown the inaccuracy of using sediment concentrations to infer exposures of receptors and corresponding risks. One way to circumvent the problem of using sediment concentrations to estimate organism exposures is to use passive samplers. An ESTCP project recently completed a series of SOPs for the preparation, deployment, and analysis of polyethylene passive samplers. More


Two recently issued Executive Orders establish guidelines for Federal agencies to respond to the risks and mitigate the potential impacts of climate change. For several years now, SERDP and ESTCP have been proactively investing in the science and technologies that will enable DoD to meet the requirements of both Executive Orders. More


ESTCP has recently funded NAVFAC SW to demonstrate the ice pigging technology at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. This technology is expected to reduce water consumption needed to maintain and improve water distribution systems. More


As one of the nation’s largest federal land managers, DoD manages a diversity of ecosystems and numerous listed and at-risk species. To manage under uncertainty, new paradigms or frameworks for managing and conserving ecosystems, and at times focal species of interest, will be needed. In 2015, SERDP began funding research to advance the theoretical and applied basis for informing these new paradigms.  More


As the land-based portion of the program comes to a successful conclusion, the Munitions Response Program Area has shifted its focus to munitions in the underwater environment. The goals of the underwater program are to develop an understanding of techniques for detection, classification, and remediation of submerged military munitions. Four recent new starts illustrate the breadth of this SERDP investment. More


ASETSDefense is an initiative funded by SERDP and ESTCP to facilitate the implementation of environmentally benign surface engineering technologies. As part of this initiative SERDP and ESTCP sponsored ASETSDefense 2014: Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defensea technical workshop that provided attendees from DoD, industry, and academia the opportunity to exchange information related to the testing and implementation of environmentally friendly coatings and surface treatments. More


Members of the ESTCP Energy and Water team recently traveled to Fort Bragg, NC, home of the Army’s Airborne and Special Operation Forces, to tour several ongoing ESTCP projects. Fort Bragg is a critical installation for the Army as well an instrumental energy test bed for the EW program, currently hosting six active projects. More


Winter is a busy time at SERDP and ESTCP. The FY 2016 solicitations are moving along and we are in the midst of our review of ongoing projects. Here is a quick overview of some of our key, ongoing efforts. More

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SERDP has selected a suite of projects to examine the impact of several natural processes on the fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater. Ultimately, the goal of this combined research effort is to quantify the long term impacts of natural processes on contaminants in groundwater and to estimate the resulting contaminant attenuation rate. More 

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