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Green Remediation

A Micro blower powered by a solar cell at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina (source: Clemson University)

Updated Region 4 Clean and Green Policy, November 2013 (3 pp, 150K, About PDF)

Sustainability is a critical component of EPA’s environmental protection activities. Conserving natural resources, minimizing waste generation and reducing energy consumption can improve the environmental performance of Superfund activities while fulfilling Superfund’s mission to protect human health and the environment.

Green remediation (Clu-in) Exit Disclaimer helps EPA ensure the sustainability of Superfund activities. Green remediation considers the environmental effects of cleanup activities at every stage of the Superfund process to maximize the net environmental benefits of cleanup activities. In September 2010, EPA finalized its Green Remediation Strategy (PDF) (32 pp, 264K, About PDF). The Strategy describes how the program can improve the environmental performance of Superfund cleanup activities.

In Region 4, Superfund has created a Clean and Green Policy (PDF) (3 pp, 200K, About PDF) that builds on the Agency’s Green Remediation Strategy and focuses on regional opportunities and priorities. The policy provides a framework to enhance the environmental benefits of cleanup programs in Region 4 by promoting sustainable cleanup technologies and practices.

The policy’s objectives are to:

Green remediation practices already in place at several Superfund sites in Region 4 include:

Supporting Ecological Reuse/Pollinator Health

Improving the Footprint of Site Cleanup Activities

Additional Green Remediation Resources

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