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  1. Approach for Addressing Dioxin in Soil and CERCLA and RCRA Sites (PDF) (6 pp, 21K, About PDF) OSWER Directive 9200.4-26, April 13, 1998
  2. The EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics has developed software in its Estimation Program Interface ("EPI") which provides physical and chemical properties on contaminants.
  3. Clarification of the Role of ARARs in Establishing Preliminary Remedial Goals under CERCLA (PDF) (4 pp, 412K, About PDF) August 22, 1997
    This memorandum clarifies the relationship between the two key remedy selection mandates of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA).
  4. For lead risk assessment documents, please visit this webpage
  5. Current Drinking Water Standards
    List of regulated contaminants with links for more details.
  6. Evaluation of Facilities Currently or Previously Licensed NRC Sites under CERCLA, (Interim Final) (PDF) (9 pp, 1.04MB, About PDF) February 17, 2000 (listed under OSWER Radiation Guidance)
  7. Guidance for Data Useability in Risk Assessment (Part A) April 1992
    Guidance for Data Useability in Risk Assessment, Part A, is designed to provide data users with a nationally consistent basis for making decisions about the minimum quality and quantity of environmental analytical data that are sufficient to support Superfund risk assessment decisions, regardless of which parties conduct the investigation. Part B of this guidance addresses radioanalytical issues.
  8. Guidance for Data Useability in Risk Assessment (Part B), May 1992
    This document is the second part of the two-part Guidance for Data Useability in Risk Assessment. Part B provides supplemental guidance to Part A on planning and assessing radioanalytical data needs for the baseline human health risk assessment conducted as part of the remedial investigation process at sites containing radioactive substances. Part B is not a stand alone document and at all times should be used in conjunction with Part A.
  9. Guidance for Data Usability in Risk Assessment: Quick Reference Fact Sheet (PDF) (8 pp, 351K, About PDF) September 1990
    Bibliography of entries from categories of EPA documents.
  10. Guidelines for Characterizing Background Chemicals in Soil at Superfund Sites (External Peer Review Draft) (PDF) (89 pp, 1.3MB, About PDF) June 2001
    This document provides guidance to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regions concerning how the Agency intends to exercise its discretion in implementing one aspect of the CERCLA remedy selection process. The guidance is designed to implement national policy on these issues.
  11. Headquarters Consultation for Radioactively Contaminated Sites (PDF) ( 4 pp, 420K, About PDF) July 26, 2000
    Memo documenting a request by EPA Headquarters that EPA Regional offices consult with HQ in certain circumstances when dealing with radioactively-contaminated sites.
  12. National Recommended Ambient Water Quality Criteria (PDF) ( 36 pp, 404K, About PDF)
    The criteria in this document (for 158 pollutants) provide guidance for states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards under the Clean Water Act to protect human health and aquatic life.
  13. New Policy on Evaluating Health Risks to Children From Administrator Carole Browner to: Assistant Administrators, General Counsel, Inspector General, Associate Administrators and Regional Administrators. October 20, 1995.
  14. Radiation Risk Assessment at CERCLA Sites, Q&A (PDF) December 1999 (23 pp, 2.2MB, About PDF)
    The guidance provides answers to several common questions about radiation risk assessments at CERCLA sites.
    Part 1 (PDF) (23 pp, 2.2MB, About PDF)
    Part 2 (PDF) (5 pp, 798K, About PDF)
    Part 3 (PDF) (6 pp, 1MB, About PDF)
    Part 4 (PDF) (6 pp, 708K, About PDF)
    Guidance to risk assessment at radioactively-contaminated CERCLA (Superfund) sites. All parts comprise a Q & A memo concerning radiation risk assessment at CERCLA sites.
  15. Radiation Risk Assessment Guidance (PDF) (37 pp, 1MB, About PDF)
    This chapter provides supplemental baseline risk assessment guidance for use at sites contaminated with radioactive substances that are included on the National Priorities List (NPL).
  16. Recommendations of the Technical Review Workgroup for Lead for an Approach to Assessing Risks Associated with Adult Exposures to Lead in Soils
    This report describes a methodology for assessing risks associated with non-residential adult exposures to lead in soil.
  17. Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund, Volume I
    Part A (1989)
    Part B (1991)
    Part C (1991)
    Part D (2001)
    Part E (2004)
    Part F (2009)
    Supplement to Part A: Community Involvement in Superfund Risk Assessments (1999)
    The purpose of this guidance document is to provide the site team--risk assessor, remedial project manager (RPM), and community involvement coordinator--with information to improve community involvement in the Superfund risk assessment process
  18. Soil Cleanup Criteria in 40 CFR Part 192 (PDF) ( 6 pp, 726K, About PDF) Uranium Mine Tailings Radiation Control Act, OSWER Directive 9200.4-25, February 12, 1998
  19. Soil Screening Guidance July, 1996
    The Soil Screening Guidance (SSG) presents a framework for developing risk-based, soil screening levels (SSLs) for protection of human health
  20. Soil Screening Guidance for Radionuclides November 20, 2000 (date of the transmittal of *Standards, Advisories and Guidance for the Management of Radioactive Waste, July 1989, Chapter 5 of CERCLA Compliance with other Laws Manual: Part II)
  21. Supplemental Guidance for Developing Soil Screening Levels for Superfund Sites (PDF) (106 pp, 1.9MB, About PDF) December 2002, OSWER 9355.4-24
    This document is intended as companion guidance to the 1996 SSG for residential use scenarios at NPL sites.
  22. Use of IRIS Values in Superfund Risk Assessment (PDF) ( 3 pp, 213K, About PDF) OSWER Directive 9285.7-16, December 21, 1993
    This memorandum clarifies the policy stated at section 7.4.1 of the December 1988 Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund (Volume I) Human Health Evaluation Manual (Part A) (RAGS) on the use of Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) values in performing health risk assessments.
  23. Use of Uranium Drinking Water Standards under 40 CFR 141 and 40 CFR 192 as Remediation Goals for Groundwater at CERCLA Sites (PDF) ( 11 pp, 420K, About PDF) November 6, 2001
    Memo addressing the use of uranium standards when establishing remediation goals in groundwater in CERCLA (Superfund) sites that may be current or future sources of drinking water.
  24. Vapor Intrusion Guidance
    OSWER Draft Guidance for Evaluating the Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air Pathway from Groundwater and Soils (Subsurface Vapor Intrusion Guidance). Provides current technical and policy recommendations on determining if the vapor intrusion pathway poses an unacceptable risk to human health at cleanup sites.

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EPA Links

  1. EPA's Envirofacts Database
    Provides access to several EPA databases to provide you with information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States.
  2. Greenbook Pesticide Labels and MSDS, EPA's Pesticide Program, PPIS Data, Biopesticides, and RED Pesticide Summaries
    EPA pesticide news stories, summaries, and featured sites.
  3. US EPA Laws and Regulations
    Links to various laws, and regulations.
  4. US EPA Region 5 Ecology Technical Center Ecological Risk Assessment
    Overview of ecological risk assessment process in Superfund, regional case studies, toxicity profiles, and regional contacts.

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External Links

  1. Search for State Listed Hazardous Sites by MunicipalityLink to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
    Conduct search using mlive.com - Everything Michigan

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