As part of its mission to protect human health and the environment, EPA is committed to developing and promoting innovative cleanup strategies that restore contaminated sites to productive use, reduce associated costs, and promote environmental stewardship. The Agency strives for cleanup programs that use natural resources and energy efficiently, reduce negative impacts on the environment, minimize or eliminate pollution at its source, and reduce waste to the greatest extent possible. EPA supports adoption of green remediation as the practice of considering all environmental effects of cleanup actions and incorporating strategies to maximize the net environmental benefit.
Incorporating sustainable practices into site remediation
This introduction is the first of a series of fact sheets on the opportunities for implementing best management practices (BMPs) of green remediation. Upcoming topics include renewable sources of energy, enhanced stormwater control measures, BMP checklists for the field, and enabling mechanisms for practitioners.