Changing Mindsets in Environmental Remediation

Meet the person behind this innovation: David Ellis

There was a time when environmental remediation was decided by regulatory agencies based on amount of risk that came from removing or treating environmental contaminants. Little if any consideration was given to the environmental, social, or economic impact of the selected remedial action, regardless of the marginal and often hypothetical benefit in risk reduction achieved. In other words, no one considered whether the treatment was worse than the cure. David Ellis, Technology Leader in the Corporate Remediation Group, conceived, developed, and gained global industry and regulatory support for applying sustainability principles, practices, and metrics to environmental remediation. From this a professional society has emerged – the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF) in the U.S. and internationally. As a consequence, analyzing remedial actions for sustainability is accepted across the globe as a more rigorous and appropriate method of selecting remedial actions for contaminated sites, resulting in long-term protection of human health and the environment.