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Running head: ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY WRAPPED UP 1 Environmental Technology Wrapped Up XXX Columbia Southern University
ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY WRAPPED UP 2 Environmental Technology Wrapped Up It is estimated that almost 8 billion people share this planet, all competing for resources and space. The need to protect our environment and identify more sustainable methods for interaction have never been more important. A key component of that protection is the use of environmental technology. According to Nathanson and Schneider (2015), environmental technology is the “application of engineering principles to the planning, design, construction, and operation of” (p. 1) treatment systems for drinking water, sewage disposal, stormwater drainage, solid waste, hazardous waste, air pollution, noise pollution, and general sanitation. The United States continues to be a leader in environmental protect through the implementation varios programs and regulatory requirements that focus on areas such as wastewater, hazardous waste, air pollution and noise pollution. Environmental Technology Verification Program In 1994 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program. The goal of the ETV Program is to advance environmental protection by promoting the use of improved technologies through testing and peer-reviewed performance data. Since the inception of the EVT, over 300 hundred new technologies and over 80 protocols have been validated in the field of environmental protection (Ashley et al, 2005), with approximately 50 percent of those verifications applying to monitoring instruments. ETV partners with reputable testing organizations and is guided by stakeholder groups consisting of developers, buyers, scientists, regulatory representatives, and financial underwriters. The program evaluates various technologies by developing test plans that are responsive to the needs of stakeholders, conducting field or laboratory tests (as appropriate),
ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY WRAPPED UP 3 collecting and analyzing data, and preparing peer-reviewed reports (Ashley et al., 2005). Although ETV is a voluntary program, there has been tremendous support for the program with approximately 80% of the vendors participating. A large portion of the tested and verified technologies have been related to environmental monitoring activities. One example is related to the atmospheric ammonia related to agricultural activities and livestock waste. The Advanced Monitoring Systems (AMS) Center has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct verification testing of ambient ammonia sensors which are designed to provide data on ammonia emissions. Similar testing is being conducted with Mercury continuous emission monitors (CEM). The testing is a three-phase project. Phase I was focused on the use of CEMs to measure mercury in flue gases. Phase II was completed, measuring mercury emissions at the Toxic Substances Control Act incinerator in Tennessee. Phase III testing will be completed at a coal fired power plant.

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