NRD Related Publications
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ABSTRACT: This article, published in the U.S. Department of the Interior's employee news magazine, describes the joint EPA-DOI workshop entitled Coordination of Environmental Response and Natural Resource Restoration Under OPA and CERCLA. The workshop, which took place in Albuquerque in May 1999, aimed to help foster a closer working relationship between cleanup and natural resource restoration activities. Further information on the workshop and development of additional joint EPA-DOI workshops is described.
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this memorandum is to provide direction to EPA staff for ensuring that the requirements of CERCLA for coordination with Natural Resource Trustees are met. It also clarifies Trustee activities that may be funded under CERCLA.
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this guidance to help Superfund risk managers make ecological risk management decisions that are based on sound science, consistent across regions, and present a characterization of site risks that is transparent to the public. It provides risk managers with six principles to consider when making ecological risk management decisions. This guidance is intended to supplement the eight step ecological risk assessment process described in Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund: Process for Designing and Conducting Ecological Risk Assessments (OSWER Publication Number 9285.7-25, EPA 540-R-97-006).
Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund: Process for Designing and Conducting Ecological Risk Assessments - Interim Final, June 1997 (OSWER Publication Number 9285.7-25; NTIS Order Number PB97-963211).
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to site managers and Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) who are legally responsible for the management of a site on how to design and conduct technically defensible ecological risk assessments for the Superfund Program. However, it is anticipated that ecological risk assessors, as well as other individuals with input to the ecological risk assessment will use this document. This document supersedes EPA's 1989 Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund, Volume 2, Environmental Evaluation Manual as guidance on how to design and conduct an ecological risk assessment under Superfund.
ECO Update: The Role of Natural Resource Trustees in the Superfund Process, Volume 1, Number 3, March 1992 (EPA Publication Number 9345.0-05I; NTIS Order Number PB92-963369).
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this document is to help Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) and On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) work with natural resource trustees during site assessment and remediation. It explains the authority and responsibilities of trustees, and the responsibilities of RPMs and OSCs with respect to trustee issues. The goal of this document is to help reduce delays and ensure compliance with relevant statutes by increasing understanding of trustee issues as they pertain to the Superfund program.
Memorandum of Understanding Between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Concerning the Notification and Coordination of Activities Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, April 1992 (OSWER Directive Number 9295.0-02; NTIS Order Number PB92-963281).
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this memorandum is to set forth the procedures by which EPA and NOAA will jointly carry out their notification and coordination responsibilities with respect to natural resources affected by a release at a hazardous substance site, as specified in sections 104 and 122 of CERCLA.
Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Exercise of Authority Under Section 106 of CERCLA, February 10, 1998
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ABSTRACT: Executive Order (EO) 13016 amended EO 12580 by delegating CERCLA Section 106 authority to the Federal Resource Managers. To ensure consistency, EO 13016 requires the Federal Resource Managers to obtain EPA or the Coast Guard's concurrence before each use of Section 106 authority. Federal Resource Managers also are prohibited from using this authority at any vessel or facility where EPA or the Coast Guard is the lead federal agency for the conduct or oversight of a response action. Moreover, by its express terms, EO 13016 requires the authority thus delegated to be "exercised in a manner to ensure interagency coordination that enhances efficiency and effectiveness." 61 Fed. Reg. at 45871.
This MOU is intended to fulfill that charge, and includes as signatories all of the Federal agencies that may be involved in implementation of EO 13016: the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce within which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration resides, Defense, Energy, Interior, Justice, and Transportation within which the Coast Guard resides, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA Soil Screening Guidance: User's Guide, July 1996 (OSWER Publication Number 9355.4-23; NTIS Order Number PB96-963505).
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ABSTRACT: This guidance presents a framework for developing soil screening levels (SSLs), focusing primarily on a simple methodology for developing site-specific screening levels, but also including generic soil screening levels and detailed models for more complete site conditions. The guidance can serve as a tool to expedite the evaluation of contaminated soils at sites addressed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund. The guidance is intended to be used to screen out areas of sites, exposure pathways, or chemicals of concern from further consideration, assuming certain conditions are present, or to determine that further study is warranted at a site. Its use may significantly reduce the time it takes to complete soil investigations and cleanup actions at some sites, as well as improve the consistency of these actions across the nation. The guidance was written to enhance the efficiency of remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) work at NPL sites but may be utilized at corrective action sites or voluntary cleanup sites where site conditions are similar.
GAO Report: Outlook for and Experience with Natural Resource Damage Settlements, April 1996 (GAO/RCED-96-71).
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GAO Report: Status of Selected Federal Natural Resource Damage Settlements, November 1996 (GAO/RCED-97-10).
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Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) publications on natural resources
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