As part of its mission to protect human health and the environment, we are dedicated to developing and promoting innovations and cleanup strategies that restore contaminated sites to productive use, reduce associated costs, and promote environmental stewardship.
We use the practice of “green remediation” and implements strategies that consider all environmental effects of remedy implementation for contaminated sites and incorporates options to maximize the net environmental benefit of cleanup actions.
We strive 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 in accordance with strategic plans for compliance and environmental stewardship.
We support programs and initiatives and actively supports site remediation and revitalization that result in beneficial reuse such as commercial operations, industrial facilities, housing, green-space, and renewable energy development.
We examine new opportunities to integrate sustainable practices into the decision-making processes and implementation strategies that carry forward to reuse strategies. In doing so, we recognizes that incorporation of sustainability principles can help increase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of cleanup.
Green remediation reduces the demand placed on the environment during cleanup actions, otherwise known as the “footprint” of remediation, and avoids the potential for collateral environmental damage. The potential footprint encompasses impacts long known to affect environmental media:
- Air pollution caused by toxic or priority pollutants such as particulate matter and lead;
- Water cycle imbalance within local and regional hydro-logic regimes;
- Soil erosion and nutrient depletion as well as subsurface geochemical changes;
- Ecological diversity and population reductions;
- Emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O), methane (CH4), and other greenhouse gases.
Opportunities to increase sustainability exist throughout the investigation, design, construction, operation, and monitoring phases of site remediation regardless of the selected cleanup remedy. As our eco-innovation and clean cleanup technologies continue to advance and new customized solutions evolve, our green remediation strategies offer significant potential for increasing the net benefit of cleanup, saving project costs, and expanding the universe of long-term property use or reuse options without compromising cleanup goals.