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2014 STEM Summit I - Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo

April 9, 2014
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Cannon House Office Building – Room 441

Towards a clean and sustainable future: Green technologies, restoration and management of contaminated sites”

Moderated by CHCI-API STEM Graduate Fellow Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo

2014 STEM Graduate Summit White Paper - Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo

Poor handling and disposal of hazardous substances has left a legacy of contamination in sites all across the U.S. that affect human and ecosystem welfare. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) addresses these contaminated sites under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) commonly known as the “Superfund Program”. The management and cleanup of these impacted areas is a matter of national security and environmental justice as it is estimated that one in four Americans live near a Superfund site and that minorities, particularly Hispanics, are more likely to live near affected areas. This policy summit will discuss how green sustainable approaches, including bioremediation, represent feasible and attractive cleanup methods to treat these locations. It will also review the efforts that agencies are developing to incorporate sustainable remediation in their decision making process.

Opening Remarks:

Rep. Ben Ray Luján, U.S. House of Representatives


Buddy Bealer, Policy & Advocacy Regional Manager, Shell Oil Products and member of the Board of Trustees of the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF)

Frank E. Loeffler, Governor’s Chair Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Dept. of Energy OakRidge National Lab

Carlos Pachon, EPA Office of Superfund Innovation and Technology, Lead of the Superfund Green Remediation Initiative

The 2014 CHCI Young Latino Leaders Summit Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.