A Green Cleanup That’s ‘Tree-mendous’A site cleanup protects human health and the environment, provides reuse options for the land, creates jobs and reduces sprawl. However, a raised awareness to climate change is forcing individuals to step back and look at the potential unintended consequences from site cleanups. Cleanup activities use energy, water and material resources to achieve their objectives. The process of cleanup therefore creates an environmental footprint of its own. To address this concern, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response issued EPA’s Greener Cleanup Principles in August 2009. The goal of greener cleanups is to reduce the environmental footprint of cleanup activities by doing our work smarter. EPA Region 3 and the West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) collaborated with Glenn Springs Holding Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corp., and Langan Engineering to develop a team approach to implement an innovative “green” Resource…Log In to Read Full Article
(Land)Banking on Execution, Vision
In Cleveland, Ohio, a 22-acre industrial property—the former home to a steel plant—was not a site for the faint of heart. And, it was definitely not a sight for sore eyes. It was far from it. Midland Steel, which for decades had owned and operated the plant, had vacated the… Read more
Green Remediation: A Holistic Approach
Each decision made during the cleanup of contaminated properties has an impact on our natural environment and our future well-being. Environmental professionals make choices throughout the lifecycle of investigation/cleanup projects that affect more than just the removal of contaminants from the ground. These decisions also affect air emissions, water resources,… Read more
Northeast Sustainable Community Workshop: 'Carry On Regardless'
Despite the cloud of uncertainty around federal funding, there's a mood pervading that mostly consists of "carry on regardless." At the recent Eighth Annual Northeast Sustainable Community Workshop, organized by BCONE (Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast), there was a demonstration that a continuing interest in environmentally responsible urban redevelopment is… Read more