incorporating options to minimize the environmental footprints of a cleanup
- Green remediation strategy for Pharmacia & Upjohn site includes quantitative carbon footprint analysis
- Massachusetts DEP issues draft greener cleanups policy for assessment and remediation of oil and hazardous material disposal sites
- US EPA compiles liability reference guide for siting renewable energy projects on contaminated properties
- US EPA proposed rule covering municipal solid waste landfills includes new provisions aimed at reducing emission of landfill gas
- GSA assessment of six federal facilities finds 14-24% reduction in natural gas consumption by substituting condensing boilers for conventional boilers
- Call for abstracts: May 2015 Third International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies in Miami
- News archives...
- September 17-19 Sustainable Remediation 2014 conference in Ferrara, Italy
- September 18-19 Groundwater High-Resolution Site Characterization course in Kansas City
- September 22-24 International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories annual conference in Orlando
- October 20-23 Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy in Amherst, Massachusetts
- More on the calendar...
EPA's action plan for United Heckathorn cleanup along the Richmond Channel in northern California relies on use of passive samplers to identify areas of sediment contaminated by DDT.
Cleanup at the Pharmacia & Upjohn Company LLC Site in North Haven, Connecticut, uses a green remediation strategy that has involved a quantitative analysis of the carbon footprint of remedial activities; use of best management practices such as re-using onsite soil, sediment, and debris generated during remedy construction; revitalizing the site's ecological systems; and integrating the community's vision for future use of the site. The footprint analysis quantified the anticipated carbon dioxide emissions associated with: transportation of materials required for remedy construction, major energy use relating to treatment and/or offsite transportation and disposal activities, and long-term operation and maintenance of corrective measures. *New*
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GR Best Management Practices
- An Introduction (PDF) (2 pp, 114K)
- Excavation and Surface Restoration (PDF) (4 pp, 238K)
- Site Investigation (PDF) (4 pp, 179K)
- Pump and Treat Technologies (PDF) (8 pp, 225K)
- Bioremediation (PDF) (4 pp, 176K)
- Soil Vapor Extraction & Air Sparging (PDF) (4 pp, 131K)
- Clean Fuel & Emission Technologies for Site Cleanup (PDF) (10 pp, 354K)
- Integrating Renewable Energy into Site Cleanup (PDF) (8 pp, 335K)
- Sites with Leaking Underground Storage Tank Systems (PDF) (6 pp, 448K)
- Landfill Cover Systems & Energy Production (PDF) (6 pp, 465K)
- Overview of EPA's Methodology to Address the Environmental Footprint of Site Cleanup (PDF) (2 pp, 176K)
- Mining Sites (PDF) (6 pp, 535K)
- Implementing In Situ Thermal Technologies (PDF) (6 pp, 249K)
- Materials and Waste Management (PDF) (4pp, 397K)
Upcoming Topics (PDF) (1 pg, 240K)
GR Technology Primer (PDF) (56 pp, 814K):
Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites
- EPA Strategic Plan, FY 2014-2018
- ...EPA's hazardous waste programs also are working to reduce the energy use and environmental footprint during the investigation and remediation of hazardous waste sites.
Goal 3: Cleaning Up Communities and Advancing Sustainable Development
EPA's Methodology for Understanding and Reducing a Project's Environmental Footprint uses 21 metrics and a seven-step process to quantify energy, air, water, and materials & waste comprising the environmental footprint of a remedy. The supporting Spreadsheets for Environmental Footprint Analysis (SEFA) workbooks are available to help users estimate each of the methodology's metrics on a site-specific basis. Related background studies, examples, and data gathering tools offer additional information of value to environmental footprint assessment.
Learn about executive orders, requirements, and guidance on energy and water management, green purchasing, and environmental stewardship
Questions and comments about EPA's green remediation efforts may be forwarded to:
Carlos Pachon, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation.