6. Bioprocesses for Remediation (Germany)
Description: Bioprocesses (specifically biodegradation/bioremediation) provide methods for decontamination of waste sites and the demilitarization of energetic materials. These processes are accomplished through the use of biological organisms including fungi, bacteria, and algae. Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Israel, and the Nordic Group (Norway, Sweden, and Denmark) have significant capabilities in segments of this area, with France being particularly strong in developing bioprocessing techniques for disposing of energetic materials (explosives and propellants). Biotechnology is highly internationalized and strongly centralized within the EC. Because of the open nature of exchange in this area, agreements with one nation may serve as a vehicle for accessing EC technology at large.
Justification: Specific ASTMP objectives include the effective remediation of contaminated waste sites and the destruction (using environmentally safe practices) of chemical agents and energetic materials.
Implementation: There is an existing agreement in this technology area with Germany which could potentially expedite implementation of a specific program agreement to address this opportunity.
Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
Dr. George R. Famini/Ms. Juanita M. Keesee
U.S. Army Edgewood RD&E Center
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5423