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U.S. EPA Engineering Forum Greener Cleanup Workgroup, CLU-IN Website, 2019

EPA's "Principles for Greener Cleanups" [] provide a foundation for planning and implementing cleanups that protect human health and the environment while minimizing the environmental footprint of cleanup activities. EPA has developed 14 greener cleanup metrics to use to quantify specific portions of the footprint, such as the amounts of refined materials, public water, or diesel fuel that are used or the amount of wastewater and hazardous waste that is generated. The metrics provide an optional means for regulators, private industry and other cleanup partners to collect and track site-specific footprint information across multiple sites in a uniform and transparent manner. On a project level, metrics use is anticipated to help the cleanup stakeholders identify best management practices that could be implemented to minimize the footprint. A spreadsheet tool, the Excel-based Greener Cleanup Metrics Workbook, is available to help parties document and report the metrics.

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