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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.

SSRC Requests for Technical Assistance
Site Name EPA Region Request Date Subject of Request Response Lead
FY13
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
FY12
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
FY11
None
FY10
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

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