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Writing Five-Year Reviews at Superfund Sites

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Five-Year Review Guidance


Recommended Five-Year Review template released!

  • Please visit the Tools for Writing FYRs section of this page for document links.
  • Please see the January 20, 2016 transmittal memorandum for instructions on use and applicability.

The five-year review (FYR) requirement applies to all remedial actions selected under CERCLA §121. Therefore, sites with CERCLA remedial actions may be subject to a five-year review. Consistent with Executive Order 12580, other federal agencies are responsible for ensuring that five-year reviews are conducted at sites where required or appropriate.

EPA’s Comprehensive Five-Year Review Guidance, OSWER Directive 9355.7-03B-P, dated June 2001, promotes consistent implementation of the five-year review process. To facilitate consistency in writing five-year review reports, a Microsoft Word version of the guidance and appendices are provided for use as tools in report development, see Tools for writing FYRs below.

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The guidance documents discussed can be found in the document table following the additional information.

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Tools for Writing FYRs

2016 Five-Year Review Recommended Template

FYR Addendum Sample

FYR Interview Form (2001 FYR Guidance Appendix C)

FYR Site Inspection Form (2001 FYR Guidance Appendix D)

FYR Summary Form

2001 FYR Guidance: Templates

  • Note: See instructions related the 2016 Five-Year Review Recommended Template (January 20, 2016) for guidance related to the use of this template.
  • 2001 FYR Guidance Appendix Template (.DOCX)(35 pp, 101 K, June 2001)

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