NYSDEC Draft Policy for Green Remediation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has prepared a proposed program policy that establishes a preference for remediating sites in the most sustainable manner while still meeting all legal, regulatory, and program requirements.

The proposed policy (DER-31 / Green Remediation) expresses a preference for remedies that use less energy, create less emissions and waste, increase reuse and recycling, and maximize habitat value without compromising the fundamental requirement to protect human health and the environment. The approach also recognizes the potential for positive economic and social benefits of site reuse and supports coordination of site reuse and remediation to effect the most beneficial and sustainable reuse of the site. The guidance applies to all phases of site investigation and remediation for new sites and relevant phases for existing remedies in the Spill Response Program, Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Remedial Program (State Superfund Program), Environmental Restoration Program, Brownfield Cleanup Program, and Voluntary Cleanup Program. The proposed policy does not specify methods or criteria to be used to quantify the effectiveness of the various green remediation concepts or remedial alternatives.

The deadline to submit comments on the proposed policy is Friday, April 30, 2010.  Comments should be submitted by mail to Kevin Carpenter, Bureau of Technical Support, Division of Environmental Remediation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7020 or by e-mail.