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Remediation activities at the former Grove Landfill site in Austin, Texas, were tightly integrated with preparation to reuse the site as an environmental education center. Contamination of the site had resulted from more than 15 years of illegal dumping of debris. BMPs included using 100% waste-derived diesel to operate mobile machinery; harvesting and storing rainwater for onsite use; salvaging and locally recycling materials such as discarded tires and scrap metal; using reclaimed bricks and scrap concrete to build onsite infrastructure; and creating habitat for naturally-occurring life forms capable of biodegrading residual toxins in an onsite water body.

 
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Travis Air Force Base

A subgrade biogeochemical reactor at Travis Air Force Base in California contains waste cooking oil serving as a carbon-rich food source for contaminant-degrading microorganisms.

Continental Steel Corp.

Operation of wind turbines at the Continental Steel Corp. site in Kokomo, Indiana, offsets up to 60% of the grid electricity used to extract contaminated groundwater from 16 wells.

Altus Air Force Base

Use of a continuous one-pass trencher for remedy construction at the Altus Air Force Base in Altus, Oklahoma, reduced fuel consumption while minimizing disturbance to ground surfaces and vegetation.

Re-Solve Inc.

Integration of a bioreactor to degrade contaminants in groundwater at the Re-Solve Inc. site in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, resulted in an 86 percent reduction in processed chemical usage.

Lawrence Aviation Industries

A groundwater treatment building for the Lawrence Aviation Industries site in Port Jefferson Station, New York, was built to meet selected LEED criteria for green building.

St. Croix Alumina Plant

Onsite solar energy is used to power skimming pumps that recover hydrocarbons from groundwater at the former St. Croix Alumina Plant in Kingshill, U.S. Virgin Islands.

De Sale Restoration Area

About 500,000 tons of byproduct from a local industrial plant was used to stabilize 85 acres of mine-impacted lands at the De Sale Restoration Area in Butler County, Pennsylvania.

Pemaco Superfund site

Restoration of the Pemaco Superfund site in Mayfield, California, included establishing greenspace that promotes rainwater infiltration and minimizes stormwater runoff.

 
 
 
 

GR Technology Primer (PDF) (56 pp, 814K):

Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites

 
 
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The Policies & Strategies
    Executive Order 13834 Regarding Efficient Federal Operations.
    The EO sets forth requirements that agencies have to meet to make the Federal Government's operations more sustainable. Use of greener cleanup strategies in the US EPA's Superfund and other site cleanup programs helps meet statutory requirements concerning energy and environmental performance in a manner that increases efficiency, optimizes performance, eliminates unnecessary use of resources, and protects the environment.

 
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Learn about footprint assessment tools and view comprehensive reports on footprint evaluations conducted at sites undergoing cleanup. EPA's universal greener cleanup metrics provide a uniform and transparent approach to quantifying the environmental footprint associated with materials, wastes, water or energy that are used or generated during a cleanup. EPA's Spreadsheets for Environmental Footprint Analysis (SEFA) tool is available to help evaluate the environmental footprint of a cleanup project at a detailed level. *Update*

 
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Aligning with National Goals

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.

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