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					Overcoming New Technology
Technology Acceptance and
Reciprocity Partnership (TARP)
Arleen O’Donnell, Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection
State-EPA Symposium on Environmental Innovation 1/25/2006

        Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
 Discuss relevant barriers to adoption of new

 Describe TARP and how it reduces these barriers

 Provide an example - Stormwater treatment

 Invite other states to join
Relevant Technology Barriers
 Lack of credible data to allow regulators to
  make decisions
 Uncertain testing requirements
 Duplicative reviews under traditional state-
  by-state permit system
 Cost of testing
 Acceptance by Users
What is TARP?
 Collaboration of 8 states (CA, IL, MD, MA,NJ, NY, PA, VA)
 Led by ECOS and coordinating with
  relevant EPA programs
 Other states are encouraged to join
 Current TARP priority areas: stormwater,
  beneficial use of waste, and alternative
  septic system designs
Goals of TARP
 To maximize innovative approaches to meet
  states’ environmental goals
 To develop common protocols to assess
  performance claims
 To reduce permit review time in deference to
  a state partner’s review and verification of
  performance results
 To improve information sharing between
 To increase acceptance of new technologies by
  purchasers and reviewers.
How TARP Works

  One state is identified as a lead and each interested
   state identifies a participant
  Administrative support, travel and conference call
   funding is provided through ECOS
  After a protocol is developed, states define how
   they will reciprocate in decision- making
  Protocols are frequently updated
Stormwater - Example

 Stormwater was selected as one of the first
  priority areas
 Over a hundred new stormwater
  technologies on the market claiming
  performance efficiencies, many without
  good data
 6 states developed original protocol
Why is Stormwater a Problem?
 Massachusetts Example:
 Urban runoff and
 stormwater responsible
 for 46% of assessed river
 segments and 48% of
                             Impaired Waters, 2002
 assessed marine waters
 not supporting their
 designated water quality
 standard (MassDEP
 1995).                       High Stress Basin
                              Medium Stress Basin

                             Reduced Flow, 2001
Stormwater Regulatory

Massachusetts adopted rules in 1996 to
regulate stormwater
   Rules require 80% TSS Removal for new
  development and redevelopment in or near

Rules assign each traditional stormwater
treatment BMP a specific TSS removal
Role for Innovative BMPs

 Some traditional stormwater treatment
  BMPs are land constrained in urban areas
 Beyond TSS Removal
 Growing Demand for Recharge
 NPDES Phase II/TMDL Compliance
 TARP Stormwater Status
Protocol available on line
NJ and EPA (ETV) actively testing stormwater
 technologies – in the lab and in the field
MA developed a searchable database
 ( to provide one-stop shop
 for reports, data and evaluations of stormwater
Interstate team being re-activated to update
 protocol and discuss what reciprocity means
New states invited to join
Summary: How TARP Addresses
 Lack of credible data to   Understand common and
  allow regulators to make    unique data requirements
 Uncertain testing          Develop Protocol and
  requirements                agree to use it

 Duplicative reviews
                             Agree on reciprocity
  under traditional state-
  by-state permit system
                             Accept data from another
 Cost of testing
 Acceptance by Users        Share information with
TARP Contacts
 Linda Benevides, MassDEP
   (617) 626-1197
 Marybeth Brenner, NJDEP
  (609) 292-6877

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