Superfund Strategies and Technologies: A Role for Biotechnology

  • Joel S. Hirschhorn
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 45)


One of the largest potential markets for biotechnology in the environmental area is the cleanup of chemically contaminated sites. Some site cleanups take place within the Federal Superfund program; but many others, supposedly less severe situations, occur within state or federal agency programs or are done by companies. The Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) has estimated that within the next 50 years as many as 10,000 sites may require cleanup within the Superfund program at a total cost of perhaps $300 billion (4). About a thousand sites are now on the National Priorities List and slated for a remedial cleanup.


Technology Developer Superfund Site Biotechnology Firm Basic Treatment Technology Cleanup Technology 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel S. Hirschhorn
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  1. 1.Office of Technology AssessmentUnited States CongressUSA

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