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About Region 3 Hazardous Site Cleanup Division

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The Hazardous Site Cleanup and the Waste and Chemicals Management divisions both administer programs to cleanup hazardous waste and materials in EPA's mid-Atlantic region. Although there are similarities between the two divisions, the regulatory focus of their programs differs.

HSCD is responsible for all cleanup activity in Region III at sites contaminated by hazardous waste, including oil spills.  The division comprises four branches: Enforcement and Federal Facilities, Remedial, Removal, and Technical and Administrative Support. WCMD is comprised of three branches: Technical Support, the Office of the Associate Director for Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Office of the Associate Director for Enforcement.

The lists below show some of the differences in responsibility between each division, provide a selective list of the regulations administered by HSCD and WCMD and their respective programs and outline program and divisions web sites where you can find additional information.

Focus of the Hazardous Site Cleanup Division
Emergency and long-term cleanup of hazardous materials that pose an immediate threat to human health and the environment due to improper or uncontrolled disposal practices, or accidents in the handling, transporting, or storing of hazardous wastes. This division will cleanup hazardous waste when the site has been abandoned or the party responsible for the waste cannot be identified.
Focus of Waste and Chemicals Management Division
Protecting human health and the environment and preventing pollution by regulating the creation, transportation, treatment, storage, disposal, and use of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes and materials. Part of this division's responsibility involves overseeing the cleanup of hazardous materials and waste by the responsible party when the facility is active or soon to be active permitted or seeking a permit to treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste. In addition, this division protects the air from asbestos emissions, protects the water and land from inefficient hazardous waste practices and pesticide misuse or contaminants and protects children from the hazards of lead-based paint and other environmental contaminants. It also provides for our right to know about chemicals in our environment and actively promotes reductions in the generation of hazardous waste.
Division Federal Laws Programs
HSCD Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
42 U.S.C. s/s 9601 et seq. (1980)
Risk Assessment
Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA)
33 U.S.C. 2702 to 2761 Click here to read the "Exit EPA Website" Disclaimer
Inland Area Committee
Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA)
42 U.S.C.9601 et seq. (1986) Click here to read the "Exit EPA Website" Disclaimer
Risk Assessment
WCMD Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
7 U.S.C. s/s 135 et seq. (1972) Click here to read the "Exit EPA Website" Disclaimer
The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992. Lead
Pollution Prevention Act (PPA)
42 U.S.C. 13101 and 13102, s/s et seq. (1990)
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
42 U.S.C. s/s 321 et seq. (1976) Click here to read the "Exit EPA Website" Disclaimer
Hazardous Waste
Household Waste
Municipal Waste
Underground Storage Tanks
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
15 U.S.C. s/s 2601 et seq. (1976)
Toxic Substances

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