EBC Site Remediation & Redevelopment Program: Considering Green Remediation in Site Cleanup Under the New MCP
Changes may be afoot in the way remedial strategies are chosen at Massachusetts sites. Proposed changes to the regulations governing site cleanup under state cleanup law, M.G.L. c. 21E, would require all decisions on cleanup of contaminated sites to consider “reducing, to the extent practicable, non-renewable energy use, air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, and ecosystem and water resources impacts … through materials management, waste reduction, land management, ecosystem protection and renewable energy use.” When potential environmental impacts of a remediation project are considered, along with achievement of the remedial objectives, it is often referred to as “green remediation”.
The proposed regulatory change dovetails with other initiatives being pursued by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and other state agencies. In November 2011, the MassDEP, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center launched the Clean Energy Results Program (CERP). CERP has been described as an innovative initiative to advance environmental protection by encouraging the integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency elements into the design of new or modified facilities where state programs have influence or authority. For MassDEP’s waste site cleanup program, this means the promotion and implementation of green remediation at cleanups regulated by the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP, 310 CMR 40.0000).
While the proposed change is not yet regulation, it provides an opportunity to consider how this could affect waste site cleanup in Massachusetts, and how practitioners could prepare for this change. We will hear:
- From a representative of MassDEP why this was proposed, how it will be implemented, and what benefits MassDEP hopes to realize as a result.
- From Licensed Site Professionals and others involved in site cleanup decisions whether this will change their approach, how they will integrate this into their decision-making, how this will affect the technology they use in the field, and whether there are gaps in knowledge or technology that need to be addressed.
Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
Jeanine Grachuk, Esq.
Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
- Thomas M. Potter, Chief, Clean Energy Development Coordinator, MassDEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
- J. Andrew Irwin, P.E., LSP, President, IRWIN Engineers, Inc.
- Michael E. MIller, Ph.D., Principal Environmental Chemist, CDM Smith
- James Doherty, Ph.D., P.E., LSP, Senior Project Manager, Nobis Engineering, Inc.
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