incorporating options to minimize the environmental footprints of a cleanup
- New EPA guidance on evaluating greener cleanup opportunities throughout the CERCLA process
- Updated ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups available for viewing at no cost through November 30, 2016
- Greener cleanup considerations included in scope of upcoming EPA solicitation for remediation environmental services (SOL-HQ-14-00023)
- Updated EPA fact sheet on green remediation BMPs for site investigation and environmental monitoring
- Planning for use of heavy-duty trucks meeting finalized fuel and emission standards
- Federal acquisition Green Check tags to identify energy efficient and environmentally preferred computers and IT hardware
- News archives...
- January 9-12 Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments in New Orleans
- More on the calendar...
View the new video on Green Remediation at Lawrence Aviation Site
The green remediation strategy implemented at Altus Air Force Base in Altus, Oklahoma, over recent years has involved BMPs such as using onsite and nearby organic waste material to construct the needed remediation systems; choosing bio-based products rather than petroleum-derived materials to enhance remediation; and using an off-grid solar energy system to power remediation equipment such as groundwater pumps.
in the field
Best Management Practice (BMP)
- An Overview (PDF) (2 pp, 231K)
- Excavation and Surface Restoration (PDF) (4 pp, 238K)
- Site Investigation and Environmental Monitoring (PDF) (4 pp, 179K) *Update*
- 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)
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
- Principles for Greener Cleanups
- Superfund Green Remediation Strategy
- EPA guidance on greener cleanup activities under CERCLA *New*
- EPA regional policies
- State resources
- ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups *Update*
- EPA announcement of upcoming remediation environmental services solicitation (SOL-HQ-14-00023) *New*
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.