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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: 10/26/99
99/133
CONTACT: Loretta O'Donnell or Amy Collings
609-984-1795 or 609-292-2994

FORT DIX FIRST U.S. MILITARY BASE TO UNDERGO INNOVATIVE CLEANUP OF FIRING RANGE

Lead contamination cleanup process to be highlighted at International Environmental Technology Expo 2000

[EXPO 2000] Fort Dix is in the final stages of a first-of-a-kind clean-up program that will be highlighted with other leading-edge environmental technologies at the International Environmental Technology EXPO 2000 in Atlantic City, NJ June 5 – 7.

RangeSafe, the US Army’s innovative project at the Ft. Dix firing range, involves a soil washing technique to remove lead deposited by spent ammunition, recycling the recovered lead, and cleaning the remaining soil with plants in a process called phytoremediation.

RangeSafe will be showcased at the expo, which will focus on the latest technologic solutions to environmental problems with special emphasis on technologies with wide applicability. The Fort Dix demonstration project will serve as a model cleanup program for public and private firing ranges throughout the United States and, potentially, worldwide.

"We are very pleased that an international conference on cutting-edge environmental technologies will be held again in New Jersey, further reinforcing our growing reputation as a leader in establishing best environmental practices that are designed to continually make improvements globally," said New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman, who will participate in the EXPO 2000 opening ceremonies.

This second annual expo, to be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center, also will include a session on brownfields redevelopment and financing, a panel discussion on pollution prevention and its impact on global financial markets, and a symposium on how to achieve a sustainable economy by encouraging business performance that is environmentally beneficial.

"EXPO 2000 goes far beyond the limits of a trade show," said New Jersey Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Shinn. "With a host of panel discussion, speakers and workshops, it brings together a wide range of leaders in areas such as research, engineering, development, consulting, finance, computerization, and academia, and stimulates the creation of new pathways for technology deployment both nationally and internationally."

Last year’s event, also held in Atlantic City, attracted more than 700 attendees from throughout the region and abroad, and included nearly 90 exhibitors. In addition to the many exhibits, there also will be a technology showcase to provide a unique forum for participants to demonstrate their successful products and services.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology are the prime sponsors of EXPO 2000. Other sponsors include the National Governors Association, the Ozone Transport Committee, the Environmental Council of the States and the Center for Clean Air Policy.

Additional support comes from the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Cooperation Workgroup, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy, the Water Environment Federation, American Water Works Association, the Hazardous Waste Action Coalition, New Jersey Maritime Resources, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Air and Waste Management Association, and the New Jersey Environmental Business Association.

Registration fees depend on length of attendance and non-profit status. Fees include all program materials and admission to all workshops, the exhibit hall, and an evening reception. For more information on attending or exhibiting at EXPO 2000, call 609-292-0952 or visit the expo website at www.state.nj.us/dep/expo2000.

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