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Ongoing treatment of contaminated groundwater at the Re-Solve, Inc. site in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, now includes use of best management practices to reduce the project's environmental footprint. When compared to 1998 annual rates, the onsite groundwater pump-and-treat (P&T) system currently uses 86% less chemicals, generates 98% less waste requiring offsite disposal, and directly or indirectly emits 80% less carbon dioxide. Additionally, recent integration of an onsite photovoltaic system enables the project to generate nearly 10% more electricity than demanded by the P&T system.

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 ...

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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