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Round 3-3b: Directive on National Consistency in Remedy Selection




Reform Description
EPA issued a directive titled "National Consistency in Superfund Remedy Selection" (see Documents below) which emphasizes the critical importance of maintaining national consistency in the Superfund remedy selection process, and requests that program managers make full use of existing tools and consultation opportunities to promote such consistency. In particular, this memorandum identifies a range of efforts that support national consistency in remedy selection and encourages informed discussion of cross-cutting issues.

EPA Headquarters staff continue to review all proposed plans and RODs to promote national consistency in Superfund remedy selection decision-making. In addition, cross-regional management and technical review workgroups have been established to promote communication and national consistency.

The review procedures and consultation requirements are outlined in a fact sheet entitled "Consolidated Guide to Consultation Procedures for Superfund Response Decisions" (see Documents below).

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Reform Status
check mark Implementation of this reform is complete.

EPA will continue to review RODs and Proposed Plans for consistency.

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Results
As a result of this reform, EPA (1) issued the directive on national consistency, and (2) established cross-Regional management and technical review workgroups to promote communication and national consistency.

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Documents
Title: Consolidated Guide to Consultation Procedures for Superfund Response Decisions
Date: May 1997
Document #: EPA 540-F-97-009, OSWER 9200.1-18FS, NTIS PB97-963216
Synopsis: This fact sheet describes management review procedures employed by EPA to ensure that national remedy selection policies and procedures are being implemented in a reasonable and consistent manner.

NOTE: This document also applies to Reform 3-1b

Title: Memorandum: Focus Areas for Headquarters Support for Regional Decision-Making
Date: May 22, 1996
Document #: OSWER 9200.1-17
Synopsis: This memorandum identifies selected issue areas that represent the current focus of OSRTI's national Regional coordination effort. These areas include risk management and cost-effectiveness, decision documentation, ground water policy, lead policy, and presumptive remedies implementation. Title: National Consistency in Superfund Remedy Selection
Date: September 25, 1996
Document #: OSWER 9200.0-21
Synopsis: This directive from Elliott P. Laws to Regional Division Directors requests that program managers fully use existing tools and consultation opportunities to promote national consistency in remedy selection. It presents a range of efforts designed to achieve consistency.

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