This page contains links to guidance documents and other information sources that are relevant to the RCRA Corrective Action program. EPA Region 3 expects that work performed by facilities will be in accordance with these guidance documents, as appropriate, particularly when a facility is under a cleanup agreement that references portions of this page. If you have questions, please contact the remedial project manager assigned to the facility.
Please note that some of the documents are in Adobe Acrobat files. These files are denoted with the symbol [PDF file]. You can view and print these files with the use of Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) Reader. [About PDF]
Final Guidance on Completion of Corrective Action Activities at RCRA Facilities - Federal Register notice provides the final guidance on the appropriateness of each type of completion, completion for less than the entire facility, and suggested procedural steps. [PDF file]
Example Region 3 Completion Final Determinations - Rosedale Landscape Depot: Corrective Action Complete with Controls, Final Determination,[PDF, 28 KB , 3 pages, About PDF] Statement of Basis[PDF, 40 KB, 6 pages, About PDF], and Corrective Measures Implementation (CMI) Agreement[PDF, 42 KB, 5 pages, About PDF]. International Metal Reclamation Company (INMETCO): Corrective Action Complete without Controls, Final Determination [PDF, 20 KB, 2 pages, About PDF]and Statement of Basis. [PDF, 23 KB, 3 pages, About PDF]
- Options for CAA Woodtreatment Plant Converting to Preservatives that do not Generate Hazardous Waste[PDF, 402 KB, 7 pages, About PDF] (September 24, 2003) - As of January 1, 2004 many wood treatment plants that currently use chromated copper arsenate (CAA) will be required to convert to an alternative preservative. This guidance provides options for complying with RCRA closure requirements for facilities converting from using CAA to using preservatives that do not result in the generation of hazardous waste.
- Post Closure Rule - Provides flexibility for regulators to replace requirements, associated with regulated units, for groundwater monitoring and corrective action for releases to groundwater in certain circumstances.
- Risk Based Clean Closure Memo (March 16, 1998) - EPA memorandum on risk based clean closure for RCRA regulated units. [PDF file]
Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR)(May 1, 1996, 61 FR 19432) - This is serving as RCRA Corrective Action's primary implementing guidance. This is an annotated version with bookmarks to make it easier to use.
Amendments to the Corrective Action Management Unit (CAMU) Regulations: Final Rule (effective April 22, 2002) - Final promulgated amendments to the 1993 CAMU rule to provide additional detail to the framework for managing hazardous clean-up wastes in these units.
Beyond RCRA: Prospects for Waste and Materials Management in the Year 2020 - This paper developed jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state environmental agencies, aims to open and inspire dialogue on what the future could hold for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program in 20 years.
Elements of RCRA Corrective Action - Region 3 guidance documents on the scope of work that may be required for implementing corrective action RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI)[PDF, 267 KB, 24 pages, About PDF], Corrective Measures Study (CMS),[PDF, 172 KB, 6 pages, About PDF] Interim Measures (IM), [PDF, 176 KB, 7 pages, About PDF], Health and Safety Plan (H&S Plan), [PDF, 152 MB, 7 pages, About PDF] , Corrective Measures Implementation (CMI)[PDF, 82 MB, 11 pages, About PDF]
- EPA Has Removed Some Barriers to Cleanup (August 2000) - GAO Report on the Corrective Action Program. [PDF file]
- Facility Lead Agreement - Is a generic, non-enforceable, agreement which includes the same requirements, and relies on the same scope of work and policy as a permit or an order.
- Open Burn/Open Detonation- Permitting Guidelines (February 2002) - Guidelines associated with Permitting, Operation, Closure of Open Burn/Open Detonation Units [PDF, 10.1 MB, 201 pages, About PDF]
- Partial Withdrawal of Notice for Subpart S (October 7, 1999, 64 FR 54604) - A partial withdrawal notice for previous regulations on implementing RCRA Corrective Action.
Results-Based Approaches and Tailored Oversight (September 2003) - This guidance document provides an overview of specific results-based approaches regulators and facilities can use to improve cleanups and describes the benefits of "tailoring" regulatory oversight of RCRA cleanups. [PDF file]
RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) Guidance (Interim Final, May 1989, EPA 530/SW-89-031, Vol. 1-IV, OSWER directive 9502.00-6D Vol. 1-4) - This four volume document provides guidance to regulators on conducting oversight at facilities implementing RCRA Facility Investigations.
RCRA Orientation Manual - This manual provides an overview of the RCRA Program, including corrective action.
- Statement of Basis Examples - Here are examples of statement
of basis from several sites - Rosedale
Depot,[PDF, 35 KB, 6 pages, About PDF] Inmetco[PDF, 18 KB, 3 pages, About PDF], Amoco,[PDF, 766 KB, 33 pages, About PDF] United Defense [PDF, 294 KB, 25 pages, About PDF].
- Streamlined Order Examples - Region 3's Streamlined Consent Orders reduce the time frame for issuance and implementation, prioritize achieving the environmental indicators, and reduce the size of the document by about 50%. Examples of Consent Orders include New Chem [PDF, 167 MB, 24 pages, About PDF]in New Cumberland, West Virginia, and Intermet[PDF, 152 MB, 7 pages, About PDF] in Radford, Virginia.
- RCRA Corrective Action Lean RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI Process) The RCRA Corrective Action Six Sigma Lean Efforts website contains the streamlined RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) , which was the first process selected under the LEAN efficiency improvement effort led by Region 3 and Region 7 as well as the Corrective Action Framework (CAF) for this LEAN process.
Corrective Action Environmental Indicators - Information regarding Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) environmental measures being used for Corrective Action (i.e. controlling migration of contaminated groundwater and human exposures to contamination).
Environmental Indicator Forms - EPA forms used to evaluate and document achievement of environmental indicators. [PDF file]
Transmittal of Interim Guidance on Financial Responsibility for Facilities Subject to RCRA Corrective Action (September 30, 2003) - This document provides decision makers guidance in the implementation of financial responsibility requirements to ensure that owners and operators provide evidence of financial responsibility for corrective action that may become necessary in the future. [PDF file]
Greener Cleanups – This site is an EPA resource for finding information related to achieving greener cleanups including lessons learned, success stories, current developments, and upcoming events.
- Green Remediation: Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites (April 2008, EPA 542-R-08-002) – This primer outlines the principles of green remediation and provides a range of alternatives available to improve the sustainability of cleanup activities and helps decision-makers balance the alternatives within existing the regulatory frameworks [PDF file].
- Green Remediation Information at EPA's Clu-In Web site – This site includes fact sheets on opportunities for implementing best management practices of green remediaton as well as other technical information to help individuals minimize the environmental footprints of cleanup actions.
Principles for Greener Cleanups (August 27, 2009) – This describes EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Responses approach to greener cleanups.
- A Systematic Approach for Evaluation of Capture Zones at Pump and Treat Systems (January 2008, EPA/600/R-08/003) - This document describes a systematic approach for performing capture zone analysis associated with ground-water pump and treat (P&T) systems.
DNAPL Site Evaluation (April 1993) - Provides technical guidance for investigating a site with the potential for dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) present. [PDF file]
Examples of Groundwater Cleanup Approaches - This EPA Headquarters Web page lists specific RCRA Corrective Action site examples of groundwater cleanup approaches that incorporate such topics as source control, results based milestones, technical limitations and others.
Groundwater Sampling Guidelines for Superfund and RCRA Project Managers (May 2002, EPA-542-S-02-001) This Groundwater Forum issue paper provides sampling guidelines for groundwater monitoring wells to yield representative results during Superfund and RCRA Corrective Action activities. [PDF file]
Handbook of Groundwater Protection and Cleanup Policies for RCRA Corrective Action (April 2004 updated, EPA/530/R-01/015) - Compendium of RCRA corrective action's groundwater policies with hyperlinks to all references available on the internet.
Low-Flow (Minimal Drawdown) Groundwater Sampling Procedures (April 1996, EPA/540/S-95/504) - A paper issued by EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and Office of Research and Development describing procedures for low-flow purging and sampling. [PDF file]
RCRA Ground-water Monitoring: Draft Technical Guidance[PDF, 2.87 MB, 236 pages, About PDF] (November 1992) Guidance for implementing groundwater monitoring for regulated units contained in 40 CFR Part 264 Subpart F.
- Recommended Procedure for Low-Flow Purging and Sampling of Groundwater Monitoring Wells (October 15,1997, Bulleting No. QAD023) - Region 3's recommended procedures for low-flow purging and sampling.
- Region 3 RCRA Corrective Action Long-Term Stewardship Approach [PDF, 291KB , 2 pages, About PDF] The Region 3 approach to Long-Term Stewardship (LTS) relies on existing EPA guidance developed with the goal to assess the long term effectiveness of completed remedies: engineered controls (EC) and institutional controls (IC) at facilities. Also it conducts LTS screening evaluations, through a combination of field inspections and records review, to ensure that controls remain in place, are maintained and operated in the manner envisioned when EPA selected the remedy, and that the local community remains aware of the remedy in place.
- Addressing Long-Term Stewardship: Highlights from the Field ([PDF, 418 KB, 4 pages, About PDF]April 2008, EPA 560-F-08-243)– This fact sheets describes site examples that address key challenges associated with the long-term stewardship of contaminated media.
Mapping Institutional and Engineering Controls [PDF, 24K, 2 pages, About PDF] (April 21, 2011) - This guidance describes EPA Region 3's efforts to map institutional and engineering controls, and describes appropriate file formats for facilities to provide.
- Ensuring Effective and Reliable Institutional Controls at RCRA Facilities[PDF, 397 KB, 9 pages, About PDF] (June 14, 2007) [PDF
file] - This memorandum sets forth a number of guiding principles and recommendations to help EPA and state regulators appropriately use institutional controls at RCRA facilities.
- Institutional Controls: A Citizen's Guide to Understanding Institutional Controls at Superfund, Brownfields, Federal Facilities, Underground Storage Tanks, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Cleanups(February 2005 EPA 540-R-04-003), - This guide defines institutional controls and discusses the different types, their implementation, monitoring and enforcement, and the role of the community throughout the life-cycle of the institutional control.
- Institutional Controls Bibliography: Institutional Control, Remedy Selection, and Post-Construction Completion Guidance and Policy (December 2005, OSWER 9355.0110), Transmittal Memo [PDF files] - This document is a reference for policy guidelines concerning the use of institutional controls (ICs). The IC Bibliography covers 40 guidance and policy documents and provides citations and brief synopses of the IC use and policy information contained in each.
- Institutional Controls - A Site Manager's Guide to Identifying, Evaluating and Selecting Institutional Controls at Superfund and RCRA Corrective Action Cleanups (September 2000, EPA 540/F-00/005) - A fact sheet providing an overview of commonly used institutional controls and outlines the factors to be considered when evaluating and selecting institutional controls as part of a remedy.
Institutional Controls Glossary - A glossary of terms relating to institutional controls. [PDF file]
Institutional Controls Matrix - Provides an evaluation of different types of institutional controls in a table format. [PDF file]
- Institutional Controls: A Guide to Planning, Implementing, Maintaining, and Enforcing Institutional Controls at Contaminated Sites (November 2010, EPA-540-R-09-001) - Addresses some of the common issues that may be encountered when using institutional controls and provides an overview of EPA's policy regarding the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders involved in various aspects of planning, implementing, maintaining, and enforcing institutional controls.
Long-Term Stewardship: Ensuring Environmental Site Cleanups Remain Protective Over Time[PDF, 444 KB, 6 pages, About PDF] (October 11, 2005, EPA 500-R-05-001) – This report describes a 2-year effort by the Long-Term Stewardship (LTS) Task Force established under the One Cleanup Program. The task force was charged to identify and examine LTS issues and recommend activities for EPA to consider in its planning .
Institutional Controls: A Guide to Preparing Institutional Control Implementation and Assurance Plans at Contaminated Sites ) [PDF, 44 KB, 16 pages, About PDF]- This guidance provides EPA Regions with a template for developing IC plans at contaminated sites where the response action and/or remedy includes ICs.
- EPA - PA DEP Joint Environmental Covenant template [PDF, 285 KB, 6 pages, About PDF] . Model environmental covenant template developed by EPA and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for RCRA Corrective Action Sites.
- Interpretive Guidance – Includes guidance for PCB site revitalization, sampling methods, the PCB Spill Cleanup Policy, and other helpful documents such as the PCB Question and Answer Manual.
- Poly-Chlorinated Biphenyl Homepage – Contains basic information on PCBs, laws and regulations governing PCBs, guidance documents, and more. Focuses on management, cleanup and disposal of PCB wastes and management of PCB-containing materials and equipment still in use.
- Transfer of Cleanup and Disposal of PCBs to OSWER – On October 9, 2007, EPA transferred the management of the PCB cleanup and disposal program from the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) to the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) in order to group similar activities into one office. This web site answers questions regarding the transfer.
- Poly-Chlorinated Biphenyl Policy and Guidance– CLU-IN’s Contaminant Focus page on PCBs includes a list of policy and guidance documents applicable to PCB remediation.
RCRA Expanded Public Participation Rule (February 1996) - The rule provides earlier opportunities for public involvement in the process and expands public access to information throughout the permitting process and operational lives of facilities.
RCRA Public Participation Manual (1996 Edition) - This document explains how public participation works in the RCRA permitting process, including corrective action, and describe activities to enhance public participation.
- Public Involvement Policy of the United States Environmental Protection Agency -2003 - The fundamental premise of this policy is that EPA should continue to provide meaningful public involvement in all its programs, and consistently look for new ways to enhance public input. This policy supplements, existing EPA regulations that prescribe specific public participation requirements applicable to EPA's activities under specific statutes.
EPA Quality System – Includes links to guidance documents, tools, FAQs, and common starting points in developing Quality Management documents.
- National Functional Guidelines – This Web site provides guidance documents on Contract Laboratory Program analytical data evaluation and review.
- OSWER Directive 9272.0-17 – Discusses the implementation of the Uniform Federal Policy for Quality Assurance Project Plans (UFP-QAPP) at hazardous waste sites. [PDF file]
- Part 1: Uniform Federal Policy for Quality Assurance Project Plans (UFP-QAPP) Manual (505-B-04-900A) – Provides project-level guidance for implementing a systematic planning process for environmental data collection based on ANSI/ASQ E4-2004. [PDF file] Additional information on the UFP-QAPP can be found at http://www.epa.gov/fedfac/documents/qualityassurance.htm
- Part 2A: UFP-QAPP Workbook (505-B-04-900C) (PDF, 45 pages, 315KB; – An electronic version of the Workbook is also available here.
- Part 2B: Quality Assurance/Quality Control Compendium: Minimum QA/QC Activities (505-B-04-900B) – Outlines QA/QC activities that should be included in any project QAPP. [PDF file]
- RCRAInfo General Information RCRAInfo Hazardous Waste Database general information.
- RCRAInfo Database - Corrective Action Module RCRAInfo Tools including RCRAInfo data-entry forms for RCRA Corrective Action and RCRAInfo Nationally Defined Codes. Other sections on this web page include Financial Assurance and Permitting information for RCRAInfo.
- Application Guidelines for Brownfield's Funds (October 2003 EPA-500-F-03-244) - The guidelines describe the eligibility requirements and the application process.
- Brownfields Sites and Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) (November 2006) - This policy supports the use of supplemental environmental projects which assess or cleanup brownfield properties as an appropriate option for the settlement of environmental enforcement actions. [PDF file]
Letters for RCRA Brownfields Properties [PDF, 935 KB, 14 pages, About PDF](February 5,
2001) - EPA Headquarters Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance
memorandum discussing the circumstances where comfort/status letters
may be appropriate and provides example letters. [PDF file]
- Ecological Restoration of Lands -
This Web site is a resource for project managers and others seeking information and guidance on ecological restoration of contaminated land.
- EPA Region 3 Hazardous Waste Cleanup Sites Land Use and Reuse Assessment (May 2006) - To gauge progress on EPA’s goal to return formerly contaminated sites to productive use, Region 3 conducted a comprehensive land use assessment on the surficial use and reuse of land at hazardous waste cleanup sites during the Spring of 2005. This assessment included CERCLA (Superfund) NPL, RCRA Corrective Action high priority facilities and Federal Facilities. [PDF file]
- Final Guidance on Completion of Corrective Action Activities at RCRA Facilities (February 13, 2003, 68 FR 8757) - Federal Register notice provides the final guidance on the appropriateness of each type of completion, completion for less than the entire facility, and suggested procedural steps. [PDF file]
Funding and Financing for Brownfield - This site includes links to several funding sources for brownfield sites.
- Guidance for Documenting and Reporting RCRA Subtitle C Corrective Action Land Revitalization Indicators and Performance Measures[PDF, 206 KB, 19 pages, About PDF] (February 21, 2007) - This guidance assists EPA and State regulators in documenting and reporting the cross program revitalization measures, Protective for People and Ready for Anticipated Uses.
- Hazardous Waste Cleanup Sites Land Use & Reuse Assessment [PDF, 3.27 MB, 72 pages, About PDF] - This report summarizes the work of a cross-program effort to assess land use and reuse occurring on Superfund, Federal Facility and RCRA High Priority Corrective Action sites in the Mid-Atlantic states. The assessment provides information on the number of sites and acres of land being addressed by these cleanup programs; the extent of reuse, as well as vacant property at cleanup sites; the types of reuse occurring; the relationship between the cleanup status of sites and reuse, agency efforts beyond cleanup, the tools used to facilitate reuse, and local economic, social or ecological benefits.
- Helpful Hints for Preparing
Your Brownfields Funding Application [PDF, 39 KB, 2 pages, About PDF] - This bulleted
list provides suggestions to assist individuals filling out an brownfields
application. [PDF file]
- Incentives for Achieving Clean and Renewable Energy Development on Contaminated Lands –This site identifies some of the federal and state incentives that can be leveraged for clean and renewable energy and development of contaminated land. , andWest Virginia Incentives.
- Interim Guidance for OSWER Cross-Program Revitalization Measures - (October 20, 2006) EPA issued this guidance to help manage and track the performance of its offices and programs working to integrate land revitalization into the cleanup process.
Land Revitalization Initiative - As part of its mission to protect human health and the environment, EPA is undertaking an important initiative to revitalize land by restoring waste sites that have been cleaned up to productive economic and greenspace use.
- Land Use Form: Status and Type of Use [PDF, 155 KB, 2 pages, About PDF]- This form is used to document the current land use at RCRA Corrective Action facilities.
Memorandum - Prospective Purchaser Agreements and Other Tools to Facilitate Cleanup and Reuse of RCRA Sites[PDF, 155 KB, 4 pages, About PDF] (April 8, 2003) OSWER memo on three tools that are useful for facilitating redevelopment at RCRA sites: PPAs, the new completion guidance and comfort/status letters
- Parceling at RCRA Corrective Action sites [PDF, 44 KB, 2 pages, About PDF](December 20, 2002) Note to RCRA Senior Policy Advisors from Robert Springer, EPA OWSER, clarifying EPA's views on parceling at RCRA sites. >
Pennsylvania MOA with EPA [PDF, 200 KB, 8 pages, About PDF](April 21, 2004) This MOA addresses RCRA, CERCLA (Superfund) and TSCA. EPA and PADEP entered into this agreement to facilitate implementation of Pennsylvania's voluntary cleanup program (VCP), recognize the Pennsylvania's VCP for grant funding puposes, and express how the Agencies intend to exercise their authority under the RCRA, CERCLA and TSCA at properties addressed by the VCP.
- Planning and
Promoting Ecological Land Reuse of Remediated Sites (July
2006) -This document helps stakeholders
to integrate future land use and stakeholder input into an ecological
land end use-based remediation project. It includes a description of
key decision points in a flow diagram format and defines the practicality
of applying natural or green technologies to traditional remediation
Lessee Agreement (PLA) for the former Allied Signal Harbor Point site [PDF, 173 KB, 42 pages, About PDF] (May 5, 2003) EPA published a Federal
Register Notice (dated April 9, 2003) describing the proposed
PLA for the Honeywell (former Allied Signal) Harbor Point facility
in Baltimore, MD. No comments were received on the proposal
and the PLA became effective on May 3, 2003.
Purchaser Agreement (PPA) Relating to the Genicom Facility [PDF, 277 KB, 52 pages, About PDF] (effective June 17, 2001) - This is the Agreement and Covenant
Not To Sue which was entered into by the Department of Justice and
the EPA and Solution's Way Management, LLC, of Huntingdon, West Virginia,
during May 2001.
- RCRA Ready for Anticipated Use (RAU) Documentation Form (2008) [PDF, 72 KB, 2 pages, About PDF] – This form documents the RCRA Ready for Anticipated Use measure which enables EPA and States to track acres determined to be protective for current and reasonably anticipated uses. Guidance for filling out this form is provided in Guidance for Documenting and Reporting RCRA Subtitle C Corrective Action Land Revitalization Indicators and Performance Measures (February 2007).[PDF, 206 KB, 19 pages, About PDF]
- Recover Your Resources Sustainable reuse of cleanup sites includes efforts to reduce the environmental impact by reusing and recycling materials generated during building construction, demolition or renovation. This document provides information on opportunities to reuse material, such as wood, drywall, brick, concrete, metal and glass during the redevelopment of a cleanup site.
- Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (January 11, 2002) - This bill seeks to revitalize communities across the nation, making them suitable for redevelopment or other beneficial reuse. It authorizes increased funding and allows Brownfields funds for certain RCRA sites, and provides liability protection for prospective purchasers, contiguous property owners, and innocent landowners.
Supplemental Environmental Projects: Green Building on Contaminated Property (July 2004) -[PDF, 67 KB, 8 pages, About PDF] This is a companion to the 1998 fact sheet on "Using Supplemental Environmental Projects to Facilitate Brownfields Redevelopment." This fact sheet focuses on improving the environmental performance of the redevelopment which may follow the clean up of a contaminated property.
- The Use of Soil Amendments for Remediation, Revitalization and Reuse (December 2007, EPA 542-R-07-013) - This paper provides information on the use of soil amendments, a cost effective in-situ process, for remediation and reuse of many types of disturbed contaminated landscapes. [PDF file].
One Cleanup Program - The One Cleanup Program is EPA's vision for how different cleanup programs at all levels of government can work together to meet that goal - and ensure that resources, activities, and results are effectively coordinated and communicated to the public.
- RCRA Cleanup Reforms - Announcements of "faster, focused, more flexible results" reforms for the Corrective Action program. This location includes information on Reforms I and II.
Checklist for Implementing Institutional Controls - Describes a list of activities for regulators to consider when overseeing the implementation of institutional controls. [PDF file]
Expectations for Final Remedies at RCRA Corrective Action Facilities (Fact Sheet #2) [PDF, 34 KB, 2 pages, About PDF](March 2000) - This fact sheet conveys the Agency's general expectations for final remedies at RCRA Corrective Action sites to focus facility investigations as well as the evaluation and selection of remedial alternatives.
Final Remedy Selection for Results-Based RCRA Corrective Action (Fact Sheet #3) [PDF, 122 KB, 10 pages, About PDF]- This fact sheet is intended to improve the pace of remedy evaluation and selection by clarifying EPA's guidance and highlighting areas of administrative flexibility. [PDF file]
Guidance for Evaluating the Technical Impracticability of Groundwater Restoration - This guidance clarifies how EPA will determine whether ground water restoration at Superfund and RCRA sites is technically impracticable and if so, what alternative measures should be undertaken to ensure that a final remedy is protective.
Land Use in the CERCLA Remedy Selection Process - Presents information to consider when making future land use decisions in the Corrective Action and Superfund Programs.
Rules of Thumb for Superfund Remedy Selection - This guidance summarizes key elements of various remedy selection guidance documents and policies into one publication.
Technical Protocol for Evaluating Natural Attenuation of Chlorinated Solvents in Groundwater (September 1998, EPA 600/R-98-128) - Identifies parameters useful in evaluating natural attenuation of chlorinated solvents and provides recommendations to analyze and interpret the data collected from the site characterization process.
- Use of Monitored Natural Attenuation at Superfund, RCRA Corrective Action and Underground Storage Tank Sites (April 1999, OSWER Directive 9200.4-17P) - This Directive clarifies EPA’s policy regarding the use of monitored natural attenuation (MNA) for the cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater in the Superfund, RCRA Corrective Action, and Underground Storage Tank programs.
Cleanup Levels for Hazardous Waste Sites - This site provides both screening and cleanup levels from a wide variety of resources.
Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund: Process for Designing and Conducting Ecological Risk Assessments - Interim Final - EPA guidance used for preparing ecological risk assessments at Corrective Action facilities.
Ecological Soil Screening Levels - This Web site provides ecologic soil screening levels for contaminants in soil. For each contaminant it provides an overview as well as separate discussions for each receptor group, a comprehensive list of literature evaluated under the effort, and a summary of data used in deriving ecologic soil screening level values.
EPA Drinking Water Standards - A complete up-to-date list of EPA standards for public drinking water systems, including Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs).
- Evaluating Ground-Water/Surface-Water Transition Zones in Ecological Risk Assessments - This document provides technical options and clarifications on how to evaluate the actual or potential ecological effects from contaminated ground water that discharges through sediment to a surface water body. [PDF file]
Oakridge National Laboratory Ecological Risk Analysis Tools - A list of references that can be used to conduct ecological screening and baseline risk assessments, including benchmark tables and risk assessment examples.
Region 3 BTAG Screening Benchmarks -The Region 3 BTAG Screening Benchmarks are values that can be used for the evaluation of sampling data at Superfund and RCRA sites.
Region 3 Risk Based Concentration (RBC) Table - Current health based screening values used in RCRA Corrective Action.
Region 3 Risk Based Permit Screening Language -[PDF, 42 KB, 7 pages, About PDF] This is the attachment to Region 3's Corrective Action Permits, which discusses the program's screening approach. [PDF file]
Region 3 Risk Based Screening Flowchart [PDF, 247 KB, 1 pages About PDF]and General Conditions [PDF, 21 KB, 1 page, About PDF]- These documents together describe Region 3's screening approach for Corrective Action facilities.
Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund (RAGS), Volume 1: Human Health Evaluation Manual (Parts A through E) - EPA guidance used for preparing human health risk assessments at Corrective Action facilities.
- Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund (RAGS), Volume 1: Human Health Evaluation Manual (Part F, Supplemental Guidance for Inhalation Risk Assessment) - This guidance is the sixth annex of RAGS Volume 1, which addresses human health risk at Superfund sites and Corrective Action facilities
Soil Screening Guidance - This guidance presents a framework for developing soil screening levels (SSLs). It includes generic soil screening levels, a simple methodology for developing site-specific screening levels, and detailed models for more complex site conditions.
- Water Quality Criteria and Standards Program - Provides links to federal standards, guidance, state criteria, and other information on water quality issues.
Contract Laboratory Program Target Compound and Target Analyte List (CLP TCL/TAL) - Lists of chemical parameters used for sampling at RCRA Corrective Action and Superfund sites
Groundwater Sampling Guidelines for Superfund and RCRA Project Managers[PDF, 457 KB, 53 pages, About PDF] (May 2002, EPA-542-S-02-001) - This Groundwater Forum issue paper provides sampling guidelines for groundwater monitoring wells to yield representative results during Superfund and RCRA Corrective Action activities. [PDF file]
- On-line EPA SW-846 Test Methods (Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste) - Access to view and download complete copies of the published test methods.
Delaware Department of Natural Resources Solid (DNREC) - Solid and Hazardous Waste Web site
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) - MDE home page
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) - PADEP Hazardous Waste Web site
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) - Waste Management Web site.
West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) - WVDEP
- US State Links - An alphabetically linked list of states and US territories Web sites. This list links to the pages related to Solid and Hazardous Waste, wherever possible.
Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) - This site provides EPA and State contact information for TMDLs and lists of impaired water under Section 303(d).
- Water Quality Standards
- This site provides access to EPA and state Water
Quality Standards (WQS) information.
- EPA's Vapor Intrusion Web Site - This site provides key information on vapor intrusion for members of the public, including basic information on vapor intrusion, technical and policy documents, and highlights of current and upcoming Agency activities related to vapor intrusion.
- EPA Region 3 Hazardous Site Cleanup Vapor Intrusion Framework - Interim Guidance - June 2009[PDF, 1.09 MB, 59 pages, About PDF]- Hazardous Site Cleanup Division’s (HSCD) Vapor Intrusion Framework. which provides a structure for identifying vapor intrusion sites, lists of actions and factors to consider when making mitigation choices, and FAQ on significant vapor intrusion policy issues.
- OSWER Draft Guidance for Evaluating the Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air Pathway from Groundwater and Soils (November 2002) - Provides EPA's current technical and policy recommendations on determining if the vapor intrusion pathway poses an unacceptable risk to human health at cleanup sites.
- Vapor Intrusion Pathway: A Practical Guideline (January 2007) - This document, from the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC), provides a generalized framework for evaluating the vapor intrusion pathway and describes the various tools available for investigation, data evaluation, and mitigation. [PDF file]
CLU-IN: Hazardous Waste Cleanup Information - A Web site managed by EPA's Technology Innovation Office that provides information about innovative treatment technologies.
- Electronic Code of Federal Regulations - This site provides access to up-to-date Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs) and allows searches by keyword or subject.
- Department of Energy RCRA/CERCLA Comparison -[PDF, 2.6 MB, 175 pages, About PDF] This guide is intended as a concise, side-by-side overview of key aspects and steps of the RCRA Corrective Action and CERCLA Remedial Action processes.
- EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) - An information source for liability, negotiations, and settlement procedures under the CERCLA (Superfund), RCRA Corrective Action, Oil Pollution Act and Underground Storage Tank Programs.
- EPA Headquarters Corrective Action Homepage - A Web site providing information on RCRA Corrective Action. It includes a comprehensive list of RCRA Corrective Action policy memos and guidance.
- EPA Office of Solid Waste Homepage - A Web site providing information about non-hazardous and hazardous waste management.
- Federal Register Notices - Provides access to the full text of federal register notices.
- Interstate Technology Resource Coordination (ITRC) - This site provides helpful information on investigation and cleanup technologies.
- Microsoft Maps - Online topographic maps, aerial photos, satellite imagery, etc.
- Monitored Natural Attenuation Web Site - EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks list of available information and links.
- Onsite Online Tools for Site Assessment - EPA Web site providing online tools for site assessment include calculators for formulas, models, unit conversion factors, and scientific demonstrations to assess the impacts of contaminated groundwater.
- RCRA Online - An electronic database that indexes thousands of letters, memoranda, and questions and answers issued by EPA's Office of Solid Waste (OSW)
- Region 9 Web Resource Page - Provides links to other government, industry, and academic Web sites specifically for hazardous waste site characterization and remediation technologies.
- Site Conceptual Exposure (SCEM) Model Builder- Department of Energy Office of Environmental Policy and Assistance has created a computer application to help prepare SCEMs.
- Wildlife Habitat Council- The Wildlife Habitat Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat. This organization helps large landowners, particularly corporations, manage their unused lands in an ecologically sensitive manner for the benefit of wildlife.
- Using Geospatial PDFs in RCRA Corrective Action [PPT, 5.4 MB, 51 pages, About PDF] EPA Region 3 Presentation using Geospatial PDFs for RCRA Corrective Action
For questions regarding this page, please contact Griff Miller .