DTSC Interim Advisory for Green Remediation

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is pleased to announce the availability of the Interim Advisory for Green Remediation.  It addresses not only the environmental component of sustainability, but also the social and economic aspects, including how considerations of environmental justice can be factored into an analysis of green cleanup options.  This advisory is intended for project managers, responsible parties, and environmental consultants for performing sustainability or green remediation assessments at cleanup sites.  

The advisory introduces the concepts of sustainability and life-cycle thinking and shows how these concepts can be incorporated into any stage of a cleanup project, including site characterization, treatment alternative selection, remedial design implementation, long-term monitoring, operation and maintenance, and closure. This advisory also presents a simple tool, the green remediation evaluation matrix (GREM).  The GREM can be used to perform qualitative comparisons of treatment alternatives.  Other tools that can be used for calculating green house gas emissions and energy consumption are referenced. 

Because this field is rapidly evolving, the advisory will be updated periodically and will include state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative assessment techniques.

If you have any questions, please call one of the following DTSC Green Remediation Team members:

  • Tayseer Mahmoud (714) 484-5419
  • Bob Boughton (916) 323-9586
  • Ning-Wu Chang (714) 484-5485
  • Mikos Fabersunne (916) 255-6543
  • Paul Hadley (916) 324-3823
  • Bill Kilgore (916) 255-3738
  • Jose Kou (818) 717-6532
  • Christine Parent (916) 255-3707