About the SSRC
What Types of Assistance are Available from the Center?
EPA's project managers often rely on contractor support to provide technical assistance in developing or in reviewing documents and deliverables as part of the site cleanup process. However, in some cases, EPA Regions have found this support not to be sufficient in providing the needed technical expertise, or have found it difficult to easily access this expertise. To meet this need, OSRTI has established the SSRC to assist EPA staff working on contaminated sediment sites. Types of assistance available from the Center include:
- Reviewing documents and deliverables such as work plans
- Providing general input on the results of engineering studies, modeling work, statistical/sampling designs, and bioaccumulation studies
- Conducting technical transfer activities such as preparing fact sheets and holding workshops
What Expertise is Accessible Through the Center?
The SSRC works with scientists and engineers from EPA-ORD and USACE ERDC, academics and consultants to provide expert advice. View the Resources for Contaminated Sediment Sites page for a description of the types of resources available for contaminated sediments. Areas of expertise accessible through the Center include:
- Site characterization (data collection and evaluation)
- Use of passive samplers
- Sampling design and statistical analysis
- Geomorphology and sediment transport/stability evaluations
- Modeling (hydrodynamic, fate and transport, food chain)
- Remedy evaluation, design, and implementation (dredging, capping, monitored natural recovery (MNR), enhanced MNR, In situ amendments, confined disposal facilities, and innovative treatment technologies)
- Monitoring plan design and implementation
Who Has Access to the Sediments Resource Center?
At this time, site-specific requests will only be accepted from federal project managers working on Superfund sites. As resources and time permit, the SSRC will also provide support to other federal cleanup programs. State project managers should work with their EPA regional counterparts to determine if assistance is available through the Center.
How Can I Obtain More Information About Contaminated Sediment Sites Under Superfund?
The links on this web site provide a list of sediment sites, by EPA Region, as well as information about guidance documents, fact sheets, and policies; the Contaminated Sediments Technical Advisory Group (CSTAG); meetings, conferences, and workshops; and links to additional web sites.
For what sites has SSRC assistance been provided?
The Table below lists the requests received as of March 31, 2013, and the focus of the request is underlined.
|Site Name||EPA Region||Request Date||Subject of Request||Response Lead|
|Quendall Terminals Superfund Site, Lake Washington, Renton, Washington||10||11/06/2012||Review of Appendix B of the Draft Feasibility Study Report which included Water Quality Impacts Evaluation, Dredging Residuals Evaluation, Cap Isolation Layer Modeling, Cap Armor Layer Evaluation, and Cap Geotechnical Considerations.||Karl Gustavson, USACE|
|Newtown Creek Superfund Site, New York City, New York||2||10/17/2012||Provide technical assistance during the modeling study to develop models for the Newtown Creek Superfund site. The model study included a combined sewer overflow/stormwater model, a hydrodynamic model, a sediment transport model, a chemical fate and transport model, and a bioaccumulation model.||Earl Hayter USACE|
|Yosemite Slough Sediment site, San Francisco, California||9||3/28/2012||Removal action alternatives development and screening||Karl Gustavson, USACE|
|Palos Verdes Shelf, OU 5 of the Montrose Chemical Corp. Superfund Site Los Angeles County, California||9||9/8/2011||MVS modeling||Jackie Burton and John Shafer, Sundance (Tetra Tech's subcontractor)|
|Stevens Point Former Manufactured Gas Plant Site Stevens Point, Wisconsin||5||8/26/2011||Evaluation of the Feasibility Study Comparison of sediment remedies.||Karl Gustavson, USACE|
|Newport Naval Education and Training Center (OU6), Newport , Rhode Island||1||7/12/2010||Review of Sediment Transport Model||Earl Hayter USACE|
|Newport Naval Education and Training Center (OU5), Newport , Rhode Island||1||6/18/2010||Analysis of MNR||Karl Gustavson, USACE|
|Universal Oil Products Superfund Site (OU2), East Rutherford, New Jersey||2||6/3/2010||Review of Sediment Transport Model||Earl Hayter USACE|
|Grasse River Superfund Site, Massena, New York||2||3/31/2010||Review of questions posed by the stakeholder group related to the field of fluvial geomorphology||Dave Richardson, Tetra Tech|
|Stevens Point Former Manufactured Gas Plant Site, Stevens Point, Wisconsin||5||3/23/2010||Review of the 6-inch sand caps proposed in Alternative 3 and Alternative 4 in the Feasibility Study Report (FS)||Karl Gustavson, and Carlos Ruiz, USACE||FY09|
|Tittabawassee River, Saginaw River and Bay site, Midland, Michigan*||5||10/29/2009||Review Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of the report assessing sediment and bank stability||Karl Gustavson, and Joe Gailani, USACE|
|Welch Creek (OU4), Plymouth, North Carolina||4||10/2/2009||Review conceptual design report for sediment cap. Review the pre final Remedial Design Report||Paul Schroeder, USACE|
|United Heckathorn Superfund Site, Richmond, California||9||2/17/2009||Evaluate analyses of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) samplers||Gustavo E. Davico, USACE|
|Coeur d'Alene Superfund Site, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho||10||12/12/2008||Review of the Coeur d'Alene River Basin's Enhanced CSM Memo.||Earl Hayder & Joe Gallani, USACE||FY08|
|Callahan Mine Superfund Site, Brookeville, Maine||1||10/24/2008||Review RI/FS and perform site visit||Paul Schroeder, USACE|
|Patrick Bayou Superfund Site, Deer Park, Texas||6||7/21/2008||Review sediment transport modeling report||Earl Hayter USACE|
|Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site, Seattle, Washington||10||3/25/2008||Review analysis for monitored natural recovery (MNR) and identify additional data gaps||Karl Gustavson, USACE|
|Quendall Terminals Superfund Site, Lake Washington, Renton, Washington||10||2/6/2008||Evaluate whether attenuation and/or recovery are viable technologies without the use of other more aggressive technologies and identify additional data gaps||Karl Gustavson, USACE||FY07|
|Ciba-Geigy Corporation Superfund Site ( OU3), McIntosh, Alabama||4||10/25/2007||Review two reports on design of the remedy and sampling conducted at OU 3 and address specific issues||Paul Schroeder, USACE|
|Metal Bank Superfund Site, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||3||8/28/07||Attend meeting with PRP and EPA to resolve the issue of composition of the cap material||Paul Schroeder, USACE|
|Pine Street Canal Superfund Site, Burlington, Vermont||1||7/19/2007||Review and provide comments on the updated conceptual site model (CSM); provide input on the benefits of installing trenches to recover non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPL); and provide feedback on the use of reactive core mats TM (RCMTM) as a control measure||Carlos Ruiz, USACE|
|Metal Bank Superfund Site, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||3||2/13/2007||Review of final remedial design of the sediment cap||Paul Schroeder, USACE||FY06|
|Slip 4 - Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site, Seattle, Washington||10||11/16/2006||Assess specific issues with a sediment cap design||Mike Palermo, (Michael R. Palermo Consulting)|
|Atlantic Wood Industries, Inc. Superfund Site, Portsmouth, Virginia||3||11/3/2006||Evaluate remedial alternatives for river sediments contaminated with creosote, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), pentachlorophenol (PCP), dioxins, and metals||Mike Palermo, (Michael R. Palermo Consulting)|
|Indiana Harbor Canal (Lake George Branch) Site, East Chicago, Indiana||5||9/11/2006||Assess initial evaluation on the feasibility of dredging and/or capping contaminated sediments containing a high percentage (10-30%) of oil||Ed Barth, EPA and Kelly Madalinski, EPA|
|Weyerhaeuser Company Plymouth Wood Treating Plant, Plymouth, North Carolina||4||9/9/2006||Review feasibility study (FS) report on remedial alternatives for addressing dioxin and mercury contamination in Welch Creek||Paul Schroeder, USACE|
|Lower Fox River and Green Bay site, Green Bay, Wisconsin||5||7/19/2006||Evaluate propellant wash effect studies using JETWASH/PROPWASH modeling||Joe Gailani, USACE|
|Six Former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Sites, Various locations, Wisconsin||5||7/19/2006||Review risk assessment framework, CSM, and multi-site field sampling plan (FSP) for sediment contaminated with PAHs; benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX); and cyanide||Burton Suedel, USACE|
|Ashland/Northern States Power Company Lakefront Superfund Site, Ashland, Wisconsin||5||4/10/2006||Review sediment stability assessment report on PAH and volatile organic compound (VOC) contamination in Chequamegon Bay||Joe Gailani, USACE|
|Metal Bank Superfund Site, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||3||3/21/2006||Evaluate FS report on capping design for PCB-contaminated sediments||Paul Schroeder, USACE|
|Atlantic Wood Industries, Inc., Superfund Site, Portsmouth, Virginia||3||3/20/2006||Assess remedial alternatives for river sediments contaminated with creosote, PAHs, PCP, dioxins, and metals||Mike Palermo, (Michael R. Palermo Consulting)|
|Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site, Seattle, Washington||10||3/7/2006||Review statistical analysis of surficial sediment chemistry data sets for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)||Bill Thayer, (Syracuse Research Corporation)|
|Koppers Wood Treating (Beazer East, Inc. [Beazer East]) Site, Carbondale, Illinois||5||1/17/2006||Evaluate MNR and screening-level ecological risk assessment (SLERA) of sediments contaminated with coal-tar creosote, PAHs, and PCP||Burton Suedel, USACE||FY05|
|Atlantic Wood Industries, Inc., Superfund Site, Portsmouth, Virginia||3||12/15/2005||Assess remedial alternatives for river sediments contaminated with creosote, PAHs, PCP, dioxins, and metals||Mike Palermo, (Michael R. Palermo Consulting)|
|Olin Corporation (McIntosh Plant) Superfund Site, OU 2, McIntosh, Alabama||4||9/13/2005||Evaluate fluvial sedimentation, berm design and permitting, and capping of mercury-contaminated sediments||Susan Bailey, USACE|
|Indiana Harbor Canal (IHC) Site, Indiana||5||3/1/2005||Evaluate the three remedial alternatives that include invasive aeration of the sediments, sonic aided aeration, and sediment washing.||Kelly Madalinski, EPA||FY04|
|Silver Lake Sediments, Housatonic River
Project Site, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
|1||10/7/2004||Review objectives for testing cap implementation||Danny Reible, University of Texas, Austin|
|Onandaga Lake Superfund Site, Syracuse, New York||2||9/15/2004||Assess MNR modeling for contaminated sediment||Carlos Ruiz, USACE|
|Harbor Island Superfund Site, Seattle, Washington||10||8/16/2004||Review focused FS for dredging||Tommy Myers, USACE|
|Silver Lake Sediments, Housatonic River Project Site, Pittsfield, Massachusetts||1||4/15/2004||Review conceptual design for capping||Danny Reible, University of Texas, Austin|