Green Remediation: Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites
Author: U.S. EPA
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (2008)
Level of Detail: Qualitative description
Availability: Publicly Available
Water Management Strategies: Environmental Remediation, In situ environmental treatment, Physical contaminant removal
Specific Benefits or Trade-offs: Air quality, Ambient water quality, Habitat and biodiversity, Land and environment, Local economy, People and Community, Risk and Resilience, Soil health, Water quality, Water supply reliability
Green Remediation: Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites contains fourteen case studies conducted throughout the United States that incorporated sustainable environmental practices into remediation of contaminated sites. The report names this strategy ‘green remediation’ and defines it as, “the practice of considering all environmental effects of remedy implementation and incorporating options to maximize net environmental benefit of cleanup actions”. The case studies provide examples of how green remediation strategies can increase the net benefit of cleanup, provide project cost savings, and expand the universe of long-term property use or reuse options without compromising cleanup goals.