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Contaminated Sediments Program

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Marc Tuchman, Program Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Great Lakes National Program Office
77 West Jackson Boulevard (G-17J)
Chicago, IL 60604-3590
Tel: (312) 353-1369
Fax: (312) 353-2018

Other Sediment Documents

Guide to GLNPO Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediments (ARCS) Reports

Source: Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediments Program--FY93 Accomplishments [Fact Sheet]. 1993. Environmental Protection Agency/Great Lakes National Program Office. Chicago, Ill. 


The 1987 amendments to the Clean Water Act, in Section 118(c)(3), authorized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) to coordinate and conduct a 5-year study and demonstration project relating to the appropriate treatment of toxic pollutants in bottom sediments. Five areas were specified in the Act as requiring priority consideration in conducting demonstration projects: Saginaw Bay, Michigan; Sheboygan Harbor, Wisconsin; Grand Calumet River, Indiana; Ashtabula River, Ohio; and Buffalo River, New York. To fulfill the requirements of the Act, GLNPO initiated the Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediments (ARCS) Program. In addition, the Great Lakes Critical Programs Act of 1990 amended the Section, now 118(c)(7), by extending the Program by one year and specifying completion dates for certain interim activities. 

These technical reports contain results of assessments and other studies of contaminated sediments by the Great Lakes National Program Office of the U.S. EPA between 1988 and1994. The focus of these studies is on five priority areas of concern (AOC) in five of the Great Lake states: the Sheboygan River in Wisconsin, the Grand Calumet River and Indiana Harbor in Indiana, the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay in Michigan, the Ashtabula River in Ohio, and the Buffalo River in New York. 

Table of Contents

I.  Guidance Documents

II. ARCS  Documents (Table of Contents and Abstract

A. Human Health

B. Bench Scale Testing

C. Information Summaries

D. Pilot-Scales

Archival and Access Information

These documents are available to the public through: 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Great Lakes National Program Office
77 West Jackson Boulevard (G-17J)
Chicago, Illinois 60604-3590 
Tel:  (312) 353-1369 
Fax: (312) 353-2018 
U.S. Department of Commerce exit EPA
Technology Administration
National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
Springfield, Virginia 22161
Tel:  (703) 605-6000
Fax: (703) 321-8547

Data Acquisition/Collection Summary

Data was collected, analyzed, and distributed by participating project-associated agencies and contractors. The reports in this collection were generated by GLNPO staff and the following parties: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of the Interior, EPA Regions II, III, and V, Great Lakes State Agencies, numerous universities, and public interest groups. 

Key Databases/Datasets


Algae, Aquatic Plants, Assessment, Bacteria, Contaminants, DDT, Fish, Invertebrates, Mass Balance Modeling, Metals, Models, Organo-metals, PCBs, Pesticides, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Remediation, Risk Assessment, Sediments, Technologies, Toxic Chemicals, Toxic Cleanup, Human and Environmental Health, Land and Freshwater Resources.


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