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  • Phytoremediation – Making Brownfields Green

    Wednesday, December 11, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    West Hall A – Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    City of South Beloit, a small town in northern Illinois, was facing a challenge: how to cleanup a 4-acre historical foundry with limited funding and less impact to the environment? Furthermore, how could the City redevelop this property while complying with the regional master plan focusing on public parks, greenspaces and bike trails near the creek and river? Working with USEPA, Illinois EPA and City’s technical consultant, South Beloit developed a phytoremediation approach leveraging proprietary succession crops and ASTM E2893 Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups. The design considered plants characteristics, weather condition, soil type, end use, community participation, and environmental footprint reduction. The results demonstrated that the approach remediated polynuclear aromatics contamination in the soil and met site specific cleanup objectives. Additionally, phytoremediation improved the aesthetics of the brownfields property, making it a green and appealing junction connecting South Beloit and Illinois/Wisconsin border. Green remediation technologies transformed the historical industrial brownfields to be an integral part of the regional parks, green spaces and bike trails; mitigating environmental and public health risks and improving the community’s quality of life. Please join us to learn how innovative green technology cleans up brownfields and increases community’s livelihood while integrating in regional master plan and promoting environmental stewardship.
    Linda Yang
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