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Round 3-4: Clarify Information Regarding Remedy Selection Decisions

Reform Description
The goal of this reform is to design a tool for clearly presenting, in a standardized format, the context, basis, and rationale for site-specific Superfund remedy selection decisions. A standard format for documenting remedy selection decisions will allow EPA to evaluate Superfund remedy selection decision-making and communicate this information to the public in a consistent manner.

EPA developed a draft remedy selection summary sheet in December 1996, which continues to be used by the National Remedy Review Board as a standard format for presenting key remedy selection information for discussion.

Due to comments received on this draft document, the summary sheet will remain an interim draft document and will not be finalized. Instead, EPA incorporated this product into a broader document that provides guidance on preparing Superfund decision documents (including the Proposed Plan, ROD, Explanation of Significant Differences, and the ROD Amendment).

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Reform Status
check mark Implementation of this reform is complete.

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As a result of this reform, EPA developed an interim remedy selection summary sheet. A final, more comprehensive guidance document was issued in August 1999 (see Documents below).

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Title: A Guide to Preparing Superfund Proposed Plans, Records of Decision, and Other Remedy Selection Documents
Date: August 1999
Document #: EPA 540-R-98-031, OSWER 9200.1-23P
Synopsis: This guidance addresses several decision documents such as the Proposed Plan, Record of Decision (ROD), Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD), and ROD Amendment. As amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), Section 117 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) requires the issuance of decision documents for remedial actions taken pursuant to Sections 104, 106, 120, and 122. Sections 300.430(f)(2), 300.430(f)(4) and 300.435(c)(2) of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) establish the regulatory requirements for these decision documents. This guidance document also provides additional guidelines and is based upon the Superfund statute and regulations.

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