About Hazardous Site Cleanup Division
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 3 at sites contaminated by hazardous waste, including oil spills. The division comprises six offices: Federal Facility Remediation and Site Assessment, Superfund Site Remediation, Preparedness and Response, Technical and Administrative Support, Brownfields and Outreach, and Enforcement.
WCMD comprises seven branches. They are: Technical Support Branch, State Programs Branch, the Pennsylvania Operations and General Operations (Corrective Action and Permitting) Branches, RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) Compliance and Enforcement Branch, Pesticides/Asbestos Programs and Enforcement Branch, and Toxics Programs and Enforcement Branch.
The lists below show some of the differences in responsibility between each division, provide a selective list of the regulations administered by HSCD, 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.