Green Remediation: Minimizing the Impacts of Site Cleanup

Business Implications of Recent Regulatory and Policy Developments

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Course Materials

This seminar will discuss the legal issues present in contaminated site remediation using sustainable practices and will outline strategies for property owners and developers.


Environmental cleanup often carries hidden costs of the environmental impact of the cleanup itself. Eradicating contamination and preparing a site for reuse requires substantial energy and natural resources and may cause environmental harm, such as the discharge of carcinogens and greenhouse gases.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to integrate sustainable clean-up practices. Further, while the costs of going green can be a financial hurdle, there are federal and state incentives to conduct site remediation in an environmentally friendly way.

When incorporating sustainable practices into site remediation, counsel must guide companies in complying with regulatory requirements and evaluating legal considerations.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental attorneys examines federal and state regulators' focus on green remediation measures, the legal considerations of cleaning up a contaminated site, and best practices for green remediation.



  1. What it is and what regulators want
    1. Fundamental principles
    2. EPA initiatives
    3. EPA green cleanup standards and verification
    4. State regulators
  2. Legal considerations when cleaning up contaminated site
    1. Methods of remediation
    2. Contract provisions
    3. Insurance coverage
    4. Carbon calculating
    5. Incentives for green remediation
    6. LEED
  3. Best practices for green remediation


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How can counsel help companies take advantage of the opportunities in green remediation of contaminated sites?
  • How can counsel best protect their clients' interests in contract negotiations regarding green remediation?
  • What incentives are emerging to encourage use of sustainable practices in site cleanup?


Walter Mugdan
Walter Mugdan
Director of the Emergency and Remedial Response Division for Region 2
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

He heads a staff of some 200 scientists, engineers and planners managing the region's air, water and hazardous waste...  |  Read More

Brian D. Israel
Brian D. Israel

Arnold & Porter

He specializes in environmental litigation and counseling. He represents corporations in matters involving contaminated...  |  Read More

Dale Desnoyers
Dale Desnoyers
Director, Division of Environmental Remediation
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

He is responsible for overseeing the handling of all matters related to the implementation of the State Superfund, the...  |  Read More

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