incorporating options to minimize the environmental footprints of a cleanup
- New EO 13693 on Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade through energy and water conservation, clean energy sources and waste reduction
- West Virginia framework for O&M of passive acid mine drainage treatment systems
- Optimized enhanced bioremediation through 4D geophysical monitoring and autonomous data management
- Estimating air emission reductions in areas through the AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT)
- News archives...
- May 12-14 Best Practices for Site Characterization Throughout the Remediation Process training in Chicago
- 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.
An award-winning green remediation strategy at the Elizabeth Mine NPL site in Stratford, Vermont, involved reducing the environmental footprint of activities during excavation, waste consolidation, and construction of a 45-acre cap. The effort included best management practices (BMPs) concerning all core elements of a greener cleanup, with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using materials that are less toxic, and restoring the landscape and ecosystems in ways mirroring the surrounding area. Success in implementing the comprehensive strategy resulted in the project's receipt of a 2014 Green Dream Team Award under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Sustainability Award Program.*Update*
in the field
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.