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PRP Search Manual

PRP search manual 2017 edition coverThe Environmental Protection Agency's "PRP Search Manual" provides guidance on how to search for potentially responsible parties (PRPs) that may be liable for cleanup at a Superfund site. The manual was last updated on 9/29/2017 and gives the user historical background on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability (CERCLA) and the Superfund enforcement program.

The Manual describes the PRP search planning process, and discusses the baseline tasks and follow-up tasks recommended for assuring effective PRP searches. Procedures and information contained in the manual are based on current EPA policy and guidance.

The manual, divided into four chapters and 11 appendices, is available for download in PDF format as a complete document or by individual chapter or appendix. Appendices C, D, H, and I are also available for download in Word format for ease of use.

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Chapter/Appendices Download format Issue Date
Indiviual Sections of PRP Manual and Appendices
Chapter 1 - Overview of CERCLA and PRP Searches PDF September 29, 2017
Chapter 2 - PRP Search Overview PDF September 29, 2017
Chapter 3 - Baseline PRP Search PDF September 29, 2017
Chapter 4 - Follow-up PRP Search PDF September 29, 2017
Appendix A - Comptroller Policy Announcement No.  87-17 PDF September 29, 2017
Appendix B - Performance Work Statement for Enforcement Support Services PDF September 29, 2017
Appendix C - Checklist for PRP Search Tasks DOCx  |  PDF September 29, 2017
Appendix D - Checklist for Removal/Pre-Remedial Sites DOCx  |  PDF September 29, 2017
Appendix E - SEMS Quick Reference Guide for Party Association and Search PDF September 29, 2017
Appendix F - Potentially Responsible Party Internet Information Sources (PRPIIS) PDF September 29, 2017
Appendix G - National PRP Search Enhancement Team PDF September 29, 2017
Appendix H - Individual Ability to Pay Claim Financial Data Request Form DOCx  |  PDF September 29, 2017
Appendix I - Ability to Pay Individual Request for Information DOCx  |  PDF September 29, 2017
Appendix J - Acronyms and Abbreviations PDF September 29, 2017
Appendix K - Glossary PDF September 29, 2017

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