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Round 3-10a: Promote Risk-Based Priority Setting at Federal Facility Sites

Reform Description
This reform aims to develop risk-based priority setting guidance that will address DOD and DOE risk evaluations at Superfund sites. The guidance will also describe the appropriate role of stakeholders in setting priorities.

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Reform Status
check mark Implementation of this reform is complete.

After developing the draft priority setting guidance, EPA Headquarters solicited comments from States and other Federal agencies. Extensive comments were received and incorporated into a revised version of the guidance, which was then redistributed to EPA Regions for final review and comment.

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Headquarters developed draft guidance for the Regions that incorporates several issues of interest to various stakeholders. The guidance addresses the role of risk and other factors (e.g., cost, community concerns, environmental justice, and cultural considerations) in setting priorities at Federal facility sites.

The Regions have begun implementing the concept of risk-based priority setting at Federal facility sites. Regions 3, 9, and 10 have had considerable success setting risk-based priorities at Navy Superfund sites. Key players in the Regions have reached consensus concerning which sites warrant near-term attention and funding.

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Title: Interim Final Policy on the Use of Risk-Based Methodologies in Setting Priorities for Cleanup Actions at Federal Facilities
Date: August 1998
Synopsis: This policy addresses the use of risk-based priority setting for determining Federal Facility clean-up milestones as part of the third round of Superfund Reforms.

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