Updated Soil Lead Guidance for CERCLA Sites and RCRA Corrective Action Facilities
On January 17, 2024, EPA announced updates to guidance for lead in residential soil at CERCLA (also known as Superfund) sites and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act corrective action facilities.
EPA is lowering recommended screening levels and strengthening guidance for investigating and cleaning up lead-contaminated soil in residential areas where children live and play.
Screening levels are not cleanup standards. While this update will help EPA site teams make site-specific cleanup decisions to protect nearby communities, EPA makes cleanup decisions specific to each site, using site-specific factors, including risk factors and community input that can vary from site to site.
Updating the residential soil lead guidance is a significant milestone in EPA’s agency-wide Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities.
While the guidance goes into effect immediately, EPA welcomes feedback from the public which may be considered in any future updates to the guidance. Please submit written feedback on the guidance in the public docket on www.regulations.gov (Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OLEM-2023-0664) for 60 days from January 17, 2024 – March 17, 2024.
Read through an explainer about the updated soil lead guidance: