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EPA Records Schedule 461

Status: (to be superseded) Final, 04/30/2011

Title: International Activities and Agreements

Program: All Programs

Applicability: Agency-wide

Function: 114-041-01 - International Environmental Cooperation and Agreements

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.


Includes documentation related to the international activities of the Agency's programs. Records consist of bilateral and cooperative research agreements and supporting documentation, correspondence, meeting notes and minutes, conference and symposia materials, and records related to multilateral organizations such as the United Nations Environmental Program, the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization, the World Health Organization, and others.

Disposition Instructions:

Item a: Routine activities and agreements

Item b(1): Significant activities and agreements - Nonelectronic

Item b(2): Significant activities and agreements - Electronic

Item b(3): Significant activities and agreements - Electronic copy of records transferred to the National Archives


Examples of significant activities and agreements are those which changed EPA policies or practices, or generated great media attention (e.g., the Exxon Valdez oil spill).

The record copy of international agreements maintained by the Office of International Affairs is scheduled as EPA 379 for bilateral programs.

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 retention is unchanged.

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

The following items were renumbered or deleted in the 08/21/2006 version:


Multiple units

Related Schedules:

EPA 379

Previous NARA Disposal Authority:

NC1-412-75-6/4, NC1-412-76-7/24, NC1-412-77-5/7, NC1-412-82-12/2, NC1-412-85-6/54, NC1-412-85-7/6, NC1-412-85-10/7, NC1-412-85-22/25, N1-412-99-17

Entry: 02/26/1993

EPA Approval: 09/18/2006

NARA Approval: 01/26/2007

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