The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comments on a draft “green remediation” policy with goals to use less energy, emit lower levels of greenhouse gases (GHG) and generate less waste during the investigation and remediation of hazardous substance releases. DEQ requests public comments by August 12, 2011, on the draft policy that would apply on a voluntary basis to responsible parties investigating or remediating contaminated sites and contractors performing the work.

The draft policy also calls on DEQ staff and contractors to “implement as practical” green remediation strategies in their own investigation and cleanup work. Examples cited include (i) “using alternative fuels such as biodiesel to operate heavy machinery”; (ii) “using renewable energy sources such as solar power to run treatment systems”; (iii) “us[ing] natural system technologies such as bioremediation and phytoremediation with lower life-cycle costs”; (iv) using “in-situ, on-site treatment of contamination rather than excavation and off-site disposal”; and (v) “reducing waste by reusing or recycling materials.”