EPA representatives worked with ASTM International to develop a consensus-based standard intended to encourage property owners, regulatory agencies, responsible parties, developers and communities to voluntarily use greener practices for contaminated site cleanup. As a starting point for the standard development process, EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), EPA regional offices and state agencies developed a framework outlining the desired outcomes of a potential standard for greener cleanups. The framework reflected EPA's Principles for Greener Cleanups, which focus on five core elements associated with a cleanup project's environmental footprint.
ASTM International issued the final Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups (E2893-13) in November 2013. *New* The guide includes:
- A systematic protocol to identify, prioritize, select, implement and report on the use of best management practices (BMPs) to reduce the environmental footprint of cleanup activities
- A list outlining more than 160 greener cleanup BMPs that are linked to the core elements of a greener cleanup and to relevant cleanup technologies
- Guidelines to quantify the environmental footprint of cleanup activities, and
- A reporting structure to promote public availability of information
relating to the decision-making process and communication
of outcomes across the five core elements.
The standard is intended to complement regulatory and voluntary cleanup programs and accommodate each phase of a cleanup
For background information:
- View EPA's June 2013 update (PDF) (1 pg, 290K) on this effort.
- See the Incentives for Greener Cleanups (PDF) (17 pp, 730K) paper issued in June 2009 by the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management's Greener Cleanups Task Force.
- View EPA's archived Greener Remediation Voluntary Standards Initiative webinar of March 4th, 2009, which discussed how a voluntary standard and verification system could improve the environmental outcomes of site cleanups across regulatory frameworks. Q&A Highlights (PDF) (3 pp, 67KB) summarize questions posed by webinar participants and corresponding answers from EPA presenters.