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Cleanup at the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard near Baltimore involved a green remediation strategy focused on conserving fuel, reducing air emissions and waste generation, and integrating a green infrastructure for cleanup and ongoing site activities. Environmental footprint reductions achieved through the strategy included reducing diesel fuel consumption by 82,000 gallons, recycling approximately 2,620 tons of concrete, and creating 60,000 square feet of green space.

At the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport Superfund Site in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, the strategy focuses on beneficially reusing treated groundwater. On an annual basis, the groundwater extraction and treatment systems provide more than 240 million gallons of water to the community for irrigation of recreational facilities, approximately 52 million gallons of water for onsite agricultural plots, and additional water to other local users.

Greener Cleanup Bulletins
Lawrence Aviation Industries

A groundwater treatment building for the Lawrence Aviation Industries NPL site in Port Jefferson Station, NY, benefits from geothermal energy and other green building aspects.

Massachusetts Military Reservation

Groundwater investigations at the Massachusetts Military Reservation at Cape Cod, MA, included sampling of nearby cranberry bogs to assure protection of ecosystem services.

Former St. Croix Alumina Plant

Wind turbines at the former St. Croix Alumina Plant in St. Croix, VI, drive compressed air into hydraulic skimming pumps used to recover petroleum product for reuse.

Apache Nitrogen Products, Inc.

Four gradient-driven constructed wetlands populated by cattails or pondweed treat contaminated groundwater at the Apache Nitrogen Products, Inc., NPL site in Benson, AZ.

Operating Industries, Inc. Landfill

Treatment of landfill gas collected through 460 gas extraction wells relied on microturbines at the Operating Industries, Inc. Landfill NPL site in Monterey Park, CA.

Barskdale Air Force Base

Use of native plants above the landfill cover at the Barskdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, LA, minimizes maintenance activities while helping to avoid erosion and control stormwater runoff.


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

Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites

The Policies & Strategies
    EPA Strategic Plan, FY 2014-2018
    Goal 3: Cleaning Up Communities and Advancing Sustainable Development
  • ...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.
Incorporating BMPs relating to ...

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.

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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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