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
FORT DIX, NJ – 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
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