incorporating options to minimize the environmental footprints of a cleanup
- FEMP funding opportunity: AFFECT grants available to federal agencies for funding renewable energy projects; letter of intent due April 6
- A framework for O&M of passive acid mine drainage treatment systems in West Virginia
- ESTCP project demonstrating optimized enhanced bioremediation through 4D geophysical monitoring and autonomous data management
- AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT) now available to help translate energy efficiency and renewable energy projects into air emission reductions
- USEPA engineering paper on footprint reductions and other lessons learned concerning in situ thermal treatment technologies
- USDA and USEPA support for beneficial use of silica-based spent foundry sand as manufactured soil and road sub-base
- Proceedings from Sustainable Remediation 2014 international conference in Ferrara, Italy
- News archives...
- April 15-16 Groundwater High-Resolution Site Characterization training in New York City
- April 15-17 Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS) Conference in Philadelphia
- April 21 CLU-IN webinar on bringing about ecological revitalization on contaminated lands
- 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 Rainbow Valley Citrus Maintenance Yard Facility in Goodyear, Arizona, recently involved air sparging to address contamination from leaking underground storage tanks. Associated vapors were collected through solar-powered fans designed to also capture passive wind energy that vented monitoring wells with high hydrocarbon concentrations. Use of renewable energy instead of grid-supplied power otherwise needed to operate a conventional air blower avoided consumption of approximately 20,000 kWh of electricity and emission of over 18 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent while lowering project costs over 10 months of air sparging.
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.