ASTM Green Cleanup at Waste Sites

EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) has been working with private and public partners to foster the use of best management practices (BMPs) for green remediation at waste sites throughout the United States.  The EPA developed a list of green cleanup core elements that may serve as a framework for an ASTM green cleanup standard (posted here).  The existing core elements were developed using input from the EPA’s April 2009 public website posting as well as from other public conferences and meetings. 

The E50 Green Cleanup Task Group Leader, Helen Waldorf, is in the process of using the core elements to develop an initial draft ASTM Guide.  Discussions for initiation of the standard have included members from ASTM staff and Committee E50, EPA, industry and State agencies.  This standards development project was also approved by the E50.90 Executive Subcommittee.

First Meeting

The first meeting for the ASTM E50.04 Green Cleanup Task Group will take place in conjunction with the regularly scheduled E50 meetings on Thursday, October 22, 2009 8:00 am-4:00 pm in Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency.  The purpose of this meeting will be to review the core elements as well as a draft outline for the ASTM Guide (Guide to be distributed prior to the meeting).  A detailed agenda will also be distributed a few weeks prior to the October 22 meeting. 


Members and non-members can register for the E50 meetings by visiting the ASTM Website. Simply click “Meetings” from the left side menu and then select “Committee E50” from the drop down. Then click “Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and corrective Action” in order to register, download the complete E50 schedule and access hotel and other information.  

Call for Participation

If you are a non-member and are interested in joining ASTM Committee E50, please visit and click “Membership” from the left side menu.  Complete the online application and indicate that you want to join Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action and the E50.04 Corrective Action Subcommittee.  As a member, you are able to vote and provide input on standards ballots.  You will also have access to minutes, agendas, meeting information and other E50 documents. Members are entitled to one free Book of Standards.  All E50 standards are found in Volume 11.05 (select Volume 11.05 during the application process).

All stakeholders interested in serving on the Green Cleanup task group should contact Dan Smith (  Task Group members will be placed on the email distribution list and will receive Green Cleanup progress reports, revised drafts, notices of upcoming meetings, etc.

If you have any questions about membership or Committee E50, please contact Dan Smith (  If you have any technical questions about the development of the ASTM Green Cleanup standard, please contact Helen Waldorf (