The Remediation Technologies Development Forum (RTDF) was established in 1992 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to foster collaboration between the public and private sectors in developing innovative solutions to mutual hazardous waste problems. The RTDF has grown to include partners from industry, several government agencies, and academia who share the common goal of developing more effective, less costly hazardous waste characterization and treatment technologies.
The RTDF is one of a few government programs designed to foster public-private partnerships to conduct laboratory and applied field research to develop, test, and evaluate innovative remediation technologies. Through the unprecedented collaboration of the RTDF, companies, government agencies, and universities voluntarily are sharing knowledge, experience, equipment, facilities, and even proprietary technology to address mutual remediation problems. Individual RTDF Action Teams also interact and communicate with other consortia including the Consortium for Site Characterization Technology and the Advanced Applied Technology Demonstration Facility.