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EPA Region 2 "Clean & Green" Policy

EPA Region 2 issued the first green remediation policy on March 17, 2009. This is the second update to the Clean & Green Policy.  This policy complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

The goal of the Region 2 Clean & Green Policy is to enhance the environmental benefits of federal cleanup programs by promoting technologies and practices that are sustainable.  The objectives of Green Remediation are to:

This Clean & Green policy applies to:

The policy establishes a preference for use of:

Under this policy, certain green remediation practices will serve as touchstones for Region 2 response actions. These practices are the "point of departure" for Superfund cleanups, and will be standard unless a site-specific evaluation demonstrates impracticability or favors an alternative green approach. The Touchstone practices are listed here.

Region 2 has metrics to demonstrate the environmental benefits associated with implementing this Clean & Green policy. The Region uses existing progress reporting requirements in enforcement instruments, grants and contracts to collect data. Those metrics can be found here.

Region 2 also intends to promote this policy for inclusion in state-authorized and other state-lead cleanup programs. EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response has also issued Greener Remediation Principles.  Those Principals may be found at: www.epa.gov/oswer/greenercleanups/principles.html

View a signed copy of this policy [PDF 48 KB, 1 pg]


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