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The current phosphate-based pretreatment process used for U.S. Department of Defense weapons systems and platforms to prevent corrosion poses multiple health, safety, and compliance hazards. An ESTCP project is demonstrating an innovative and cost-effective replacement technology utilizing zirconium oxide as a pretreatment. More


U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy presented the 2015 EPA Federal Green Challenge Award for Energy to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar on May 20, 2015. During her visit, she also toured an ESTCP-funded demonstration on the installation. More


Mineral surfaces play an important role in the attenuation of contaminants in the subsurface. As a consequence, understanding the reduction potential of those surfaces is important for predicting the rates at which contaminants will be degraded in groundwater. To improve the assessment of reduction potential, Dr. Paul Tratnyek and his team at the Oregon Health & Science University are developing redox-sensitive indicators as CRPs under SERDP project ER-2308.  More


The Report for the Burial and Mobility Modeling of Munitions in the Underwater Environment Workshop is now available! This report summarizes discussion topics, results, and recommendations for future research that resulted from this informal workshop hosted by SERDP in the Summer of 2014. More


Prescribed burning is an important management practice in pine (Pinus spp.) forests, many of which have evolved in the presence of fire and are a prominent vegetation type on DoD lands. Fire emissions are regulated in many areas and, as a result, the smoke that is produced must be managed based on its composition, production rate, and potential for transport away from the fires. Two areas of knowledge that SERDP-funded research has attempted to resolve are (1) characterization of fuel types, condition, and loading; fuel consumption; and resultant emission factors and (2) understanding the relationships between these factors.  More

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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

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