incorporating options to minimize the environmental footprints of a cleanup
- Using new CEQ guidance on sustainable practices to support landscape pollinators at vegetated areas of cleanup sites
- Planning vegetation maintenance to employ future EPA-verified and rated technologies for reduced pesticide drift
- Final Greener Cleanups Guidance issued by Massachusetts DEP
- Action Plan 2.0 released by RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative to support renewable energy development on contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites
- Updated Spreadsheets for Environmental Footprint Assessment (SEFA) now available to help quantify and reduce environmental footprints of a cleanup
- Current proposal solicitation for brownfields assessment and cleanup grants integrates green remediation aspects such as energy and water efficiency and diesel emission reductions
- Call for abstracts: June 2015 AquaConSoil international conference in Copenhagen
- News archives...
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. *New*
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.