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About the Phytoremediation of Organics Action Team

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The Action Team's Misson

The Action Team's mission is to bring together technological, environmental, and regulatory interests to develop and demonstrate phytoremediation technologies that can clean up soils and ground water contaminated with organics, and to achieve regulatory and public acceptance of these technologies.

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The Action Team’s Goals

The Action Team's goals are to:

  • Assess the status of current phytoremediation research
  • Identify and determine ways to address key research gaps
  • Facilitate validation of phytoremediation technologies
  • Determine appropriate uses of phytoremediation

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The Action Team selected three contaminant/media combinations to explore as possible phytoremediation case studies and formed subgroups to investigate issues and develop strategies for addressing them. These are:

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE) in Ground Water
  • Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH in Soil)
  • Alternative Covers (long-term, self-sustaining, low-maintenance plant covers, growing in or over materials that pose environmental risk, that serve to reduce this risk)

The Action Team has developed a large bibliography of peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations and posters from conferences, book chapters, and articles from newspapers and magazines. The bibliography contains nearly 1,450 citations on phytoremediation or closely related subjects. This bibliography is available in searchable format on the Action Team's home page on the RTDF World Wide Web site. It is updated quarterly.

In addition, the TPH in Soil Subgroup is creating a standardized field test protocol for determining the efficacy of agricultural and non-crop plants for degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in soil at multiple locations and under varied climatic conditions. A working draft of the protocol, entitled "Phytoremediation Action Team Field Study Protocol, May 29, 1998 ," is available on the Action Team's home page on the RTDF World Wide Web site.

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The Action Team plans to standardize protocols for phytoremediation site evaluation, designs for implementation, and monitoring for efficacy/risks; and determine what regulators need to know to approve phytoremediation.

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Would You Like More Information?

For more information about the Phytoremediation of Organics Action Team, please contact the Team Co-chairs

Steve Rock
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Risk Management Research Laboratory
26 West Martin Luther King Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45268
Tel: 513-569-7149
Fax: 513-569-7105

Lucinda Jackson
ChevronTexaco Corporation
100 Chevron Way
P.O. Box 1627
Richmond, CA 94802-0627
Tel: 510-242-1047
Fax: 510-242-5577

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