The Innovative Technology Initiative (ITECH) established funds for use during 2016 and 2017 that may be utilized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for petroleum contamination cleanup site assessment and rehabilitation activities using contractors that employ non-traditional or innovative technologies approved by DEP. Participation in the ITECH project is voluntary, the funds are not applied toward a funding cap, and ITECH does not require a co-payment from the property owner and/or responsible party.
For the purposes of ITECH, non-traditional or innovative technologies are those methods, processes and techniques that are used for the cleanup of contaminated groundwater and/or soil by means other than the traditional remedial technologies. Respondents shall propose a process that has been tested and used as a treatment for contamination, but lacks an established history of full-scale use and information about its cost and effectiveness, sufficient to support prediction of its performance under a variety of operating conditions. However, an innovative technology that enhances traditional technologies may include, but may not be limited to, the following:
Air sparge/soil vapor extraction (includes bio-sparging).
Soil vapor extraction alone.
Dual phase or multi-phase extraction.
Extraction (conventional or large-diameter auger).
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