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Green Remediation Guidance

Draft guidance available for comment

May 21, 2021 - June 25, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

The draft Green Remediation guidance is intended to help cleanup project managers reduce the environmental impacts from the cleanup process, while increasing the environmental benefits gained from cleaning up contaminated sites.

We invite your comments on this draft guidance. Once final, the Green Remediation guidance will be added as Appendix D to the Adaptation Strategies for Resilient Remedies guidance, published November 2017.

How is the Green Remediation guidance different from our published Adaptation Strategies for Resilient Remedies guidance?

Climate change has the potential to adversely affect cleanup sites from impacts such as sea level rise, flooding, wildfire, and landslides. For cleanups to be effective over the long-term, we need to:

  1. Mitigate the adverse environmental impacts and maximize the environmental benefits from the cleanup process itself, which can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, create waste, use up materials and water resources, and disturb neighborhoods through noise, dust, and light pollution. To help cleanup project managers do this, we have developed the draft Green Remediation guidance; and
  2. Ensure remedies are resilient to these impacts. To help cleanup project managers do this, we have the Adaptation Strategies for Resilient Remedies guidance. We are not inviting comments on this published guidance.
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Chance Asher
Sediment Policy Program Lead

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