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Sihotan N. | Groundwater Resources Association Remediation Conference: Optimization of Remediation Systems and Long-Term Monitoring, 13-14 November, Santa Ana, CA, 16 slides, 2019

A study was conducted to document the tangible and intangible benefits of incorporating sustainable approaches to remediation activities and identify opportunities for scaling sustainable remediation approaches to different types of hydrocarbon impacted sites. A framework was applied to a set of Chevron environmental projects to identify and evaluate aspects of sustainable remediation. Sustainable remediation practices were implemented for a variety of reasons including lowering environmental footprints and improving remediation efficiency, field worker safety, community relations, and overall cost-effectiveness of the project. Results demonstrated that sustainable remediation can be implemented across a wide variety of remediation phases as well as sites of different sizes and risk profiles. Sustainability practices and benefits may be hidden or overlooked; developing a framework was key to identifying sustainability aspects. The presentation compiles data from several upstream and downstream sites where sustainable remediation practices were implemented, reveals hidden benefits of sustainable remediation that are not commonly documented, and identifies opportunities presented by implementing sustainable remediation at small sites to scale it to larger projects.

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