EPA Recognizes U.S. Coast Guard for Efficient, Green Cleanup
The U.S. Coast Guard has completed cleanup construction activity at the Curtis Bay Yard Superfund site in Anne Arundel County, MD. The Coast Guard's green remediation included recycling materials, creating green space and minimizing hazardous waste. Overall during the cleanup, 2,616 tons of concrete were recycled and about 25,000 tons of contaminated soil were treated onsite so it could be shipped to a non-hazardous waste landfill. This saved more than 500,000 truck miles and approximately $6 million compared to sending the soil to a hazardous waste landfill. In addition, approximately 20 tons of steel were recycled. In addition to using innovative remediation, the Coast Guard also chose to clean up the Yard to the more stringent residential cleanup standards rather than using the industrial standards. This creates more options for future use of the property.