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Cleanup at the 183-acre Continental Steel Corp. site in Kokomo, Indiana, has involved a green remediation strategy focused on using onsite sources of renewable energy, optimizing stormwater management, maximizing reuse or recycling of demolition and construction waste materials, and minimizing import of raw materials and offsite disposal of waste. Resulting material and waste efficiencies included industrial reuse of more than 60,000 cubic yards (cy) of excavated soil or waste and more than 50,000 cy of building demolition debris as fill material. Currently, operation of three onsite wind turbines offsets up to 60% of the grid electricity used for ongoing extraction of contaminated groundwater.

Greener Cleanup Bulletins
Phoenix-Goodyear Airport Superfund Site

More than 81 million gallons of groundwater treated at the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport Superfund Site each year is stored for irrigation use by the City of Goodyear.

Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard

Nearly 2,300 cubic yards of concrete was salvaged during cleanup at the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard Superfund site in Baltimore and re-used onsite as infill for excavated areas.

Whitney Young Branch Library

In situ mixing of chemical oxidation reagents to treat soil at the Whitney Young Branch Library brownfield site avoided double handling of materials in an ex situ process.

Elizabeth Mine

Air emissions during activities such as soil excavation and surface grading were minimized at the Elizabeth Mine NPL site through use of machinery equipped with Tier 4 engine technology.

Rainbow Valley Citrus Maintenance Yard Facility

Use of a renewable energy-powered fan assembly at the Rainbow Valley Citrus Maintenance Yard Facility UST site avoided use of grid electricity to collect air stripping off-gas.

Pharmacia & Upjohn Company LLC Site

Six acres of freshwater wetlands created during RCRA corrective action at the Pharmacia & Upjohn Company LLC Site help manage stormwater while providing critical animal habitat.


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Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites

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.

Incorporating BMPs relating to ...

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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