ExxonMobil continually evaluates new technologies in an effort to enhance our remediation efforts and to ensure we are using advanced system components to accelerate recovery and remediation at Greenpoint.
ExxonMobil identifies potential technologies through several means: As a large company known for our scientific research, we frequently are approached by other companies that have innovative, new technologies. Similarly, our engineers are engaged in the remediation community; have access to vast amounts of technical literature as well as best practices derived from pilot testing and remedial activities at other sites around the U.S. and the world, and attend cutting-edge conferences focused on remediation strategies and technology.
All new and innovative technologies need to be carefully evaluated before they are incorporated into a remediation plan. Several factors are considered when determining whether a new technology or approach is appropriate for use at Greenpoint including: potential effectiveness; technical feasibility of implementation; long-term reliability; environmental impacts, such as energy usage and waste generation; and administrative feasibility (i.e., regulatory and/or access issues). We also take into account the effectiveness of the current remediation strategy, and whether the new or alternative technology is compatible with the current approach, or if it will result in a significant improvement from the current approach.