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Contaminated Sediment Remediation Guidance for Hazardous Waste Sites (2005)

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In December 2005, EPAs Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response issued the final Contaminated Sediment Remediation Guidance for Hazardous Waste Sites. The guidance is designed to assist EPA staff managing sediment sites by providing a thorough overview of methods that can be used to reduce risk caused by contaminated sediment.

The guidance encourages project managers to consider a number of factors during cleanup of contaminated sediment, such as:

  • Identifying and controlling the sources of sediment contamination and identifying the pathways of contaminant exposure, prior to cleanup;
  • Using a technical team approach and involving the community and other stakeholders throughout the cleanup process;
  • Considering all three major approaches to management of contaminated sediment (monitored natural recovery, in-situ capping, and dredging) and considering alternatives which combine approaches;
  • Validating models used to support sediment decisions and considering model uncertainty and sensitivity;
  • Considering how contaminated sediment alternatives manage or reduce risks, including consideration of residual risks; and
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of remedies at contaminated sediment sites.

Further information may be found in the following Questions & Answers or by contacting Leah Evison at evison.leah@epa.gov or (703) 603-9022 or Stephen Ells at ells.steve@epa.gov or (703) 603-8822.

Contaminated Sediment Remediation Guidance for Hazardous Waste Sites:

Entire Document [PDF 2.9M, 236 pages]

Individual Sections:
Cover, Table of Contents [PDF 602KB, 12 pages]
Executive Summary [PDF 38KB, 6 pages]
Chapter 1 [PDF 113KB, 16 pages]
Chapter 2 [PDF 359KB, 42 pages]
Chapter 3 [PDF 244KB, 26 pages]
Chapter 4 [PDF 98KB, 14 pages]
Chapter 5 [PDF 289KB, 16 pages]
Chapter 6 [PDF 755KB, 38 pages]
Chapter 7 [PDF 291KB, 18 pages]
Chapter 8 [PDF 143KB, 18 pages]
References, Appendix [PDF 137KB, 30 pages]

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