U.S. EPA / Maul Foster Alongi Inc. / Adventus Group

Green remediation

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Courtesy of U.S. EPA / Maul Foster Alongi Inc. / Adventus Group

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) strategic plan calls for increased research and application of sustainable systems that promote environmental stewardship, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and improve energy efficiency. One area of this research is green remediation. Green remediation is a relatively new approach to environmental cleanup; expanded from the traditional perspective through the addition of best management practices(BMPs) and a series of new criteria for consideration. EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) is working with private and public partners to promote the use of BMPs for green remediation at contaminated sites throughout the United States.

At the request of Adventus Americas, Inc., Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. completed a review of four potential green remediation technologies (EHC®, emulsified oil, electrical resistive heating, and pump and treat) for an active cleanup site where groundwater is contaminated with trichloroethene (TCE). The technologies reviewed for potential use at this site were evaluated using federal requirements for green acquisition as defined by Executive Order 13423-2007 and EPA’s Green Remediation: Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites.

A detailed evaluation of each technology is provided in the report. Based on this comparison for the defined site, MFA finds that EHC® meets EPA’s criteria for sustainable product procurement and green remediation more effectively than the other technologies evaluated in this document.

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