incorporating options to minimize the environmental footprints of a cleanup
- US EPA-Army Corps proposed rule clarifies protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act
- New reference guide for remediating mining-influenced water focuses on passive treatment methods and other approaches to improving cleanup efficiency
- EPA finalizes Tier 3 gasoline sulfur and emission controls for new vehicles beginning in 2017
- US EPA evaluates beneficial use of encapsulated coal combustion residuals as a substitute for virgin raw materials in selected products
- Call for Abstracts: 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Remediation to be held September 2014 in Ferrara, Italy
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- April 25 CLU-IN Webinar on the ASTM Greener Cleanup Standard Guide: An Introduction
- May 18 short course on Estimating Environmental Footprints Using SEFA in conjunction with Battelle/Monterey conference
- May 21 short course on Using the New ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups, in conjunction with Battelle/Monterey conferences
- More on the calendar...
Alternative Energy: From a Toxic Past to a Renewable Future describes opportunities for clean and renewable energy projects on contaminated lands. This 5-minute video developed by the U.S. EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Initiative highlights renewable energy projects at the Rose Township Dump Superfund Site in Michigan; Lowry Landfill Superfund Site in Colorado; Molycorp Inc. Superfund Site in New Mexico; and the Frontier Fertilizer Superfund Site in California.
Cleanup at the California Gulch Superfund Site in Leadville, Colorado, involves a green remediation strategy focused on minimizing excavation and offsite disposal of soil contaminated by past mining activities, selecting soil amendments comprising industrial byproducts, minimizing disturbance of soil and vegetation, maximizing use of onsite materials to stabilize river banks, and integrating remediation processes with anticipated site reuse.
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, 239K)
GR Technology Primer (PDF) (56 pp, 814K):
Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites
- EPA Strategic Plan, FY 2011-2015 Goal 3: Cleaning Up Communities and Advancing Sustainable Development
- ... As part of this effort, EPA's Superfund program will implement its green remediation strategy to reduce the energy, water, and materials used during site cleanups while ensuring that protective remedies are implemented.
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.
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.