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EPA Records Schedule 019

Status: (to be superseded) Final, 12/31/2010

Title: Administrative Records - Superfund Site-Specific

Program: Superfund

Applicability: Regions

Function: 108-024-01 - Site and Area Evaluation and Cleanup

NARA Disposal Authority:

This schedule authorizes the disposition of the record copy in any media (media neutral), excluding any records already in electronic form. Records designated for permanent retention must be transferred to the National Archives in accordance with NARA standards at the time of transfer.


The Administrative Record (AR) is a subset of the remedial and removal site file compiled and made available to the public as the basis for selected Superfund response actions. Specific types of records include Action Memoranda, Administrative Orders, Consent Orders, Applicable or Relevant and Appropriate Requirements (ARARs), the Preliminary Assessment/Site Inspection, the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study, Community Relations Plans, correspondence, fact sheets, news clippings, work plans, Natural Resource Trustee information, site reports, the proposed and approved remedial action, POLREPs, Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) letters, the Record of Decision (ROD), technical assistance documentation, technical issue papers, public meeting transcripts, public comments on the development of the Administrative Record, and an index to the record.

Disposition Instructions:

Item a(1): Record copy - Nonelectronic

Item a(2): Record copy - Electronic

Item a(3): Electronic copy of records transferred to the National Archives


The designated regional Superfund Administrative Record Coordinator is responsible for maintaining and implementing the disposition for the record copy of this item. Records may need to be kept longer if ongoing or possible litigation or public interest warrants, as determined by the AR Coordinator. Repository copies should be disposed of upon authority of the AR Coordinator. All other copies held in any other office are reference copies and may be destroyed when no longer needed.

Documents referenced in the AR but not physically located in it (e.g., guidance documents located in a guidance compendium) need to have the same retention as the AR. Otherwise, the document must be included in the AR. Guidance documents may already be scheduled as EPA 007 for directives and policy guidance documents issued by specific programs and regions, EPA 149 for regulations, standards, and guidelines, or EPA 150 for dockets.

The AR is a subset of the removal or remedial site files, scheduled as EPA 013 and EPA 014, respectively. Other related Superfund site records include the following:

Additional guidance on the contents and procedures for the AR are found in OSWER Directive No. 9833.3A-1, Final Guidance on Administrative Records for Selecting CERCLA Response Actions.

Microfilm copies are to be produced in accordance with standards in 36 CFR 1230.10 and 1230.20. It is recommended that the unit retain a silver set as well as diazo sets which will simplify making copies. If records are not filmed, apply disposition a to the paper records.

Records containing sensitive information must be shredded or otherwise definitively destroyed to protect confidentiality.

Specific legal citations include, but are not limited to:

Reasons for Disposition:

The disposition instructions have been rewritten as media neutral to allow for maintaining the record copy in EPA's electronic recordkeeping system.

The following changes were made in the 02/29/2008 version:

Item b for electronic copies created with word processing and electronic mail applications was deleted 08/09/2006 pursuant to NARA Bulletin 2006-04.


Multiple units

Related Schedules:

EPA 001, EPA 007, EPA 010, EPA 012, EPA 013, EPA 014, EPA 018, EPA 020, EPA 024, EPA 025, EPA 149, EPA 150

Previous NARA Disposal Authority:

NC1-412-85-18/23, N1-412-94-4/2

Entry: 03/27/1991

EPA Approval: 02/27/2006

NARA Approval: 08/31/2007

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