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Role of Cost in the Superfund Remedy Selection Process

The objective of this fact sheet is to clarify the current role of cost in the Superfund remedy selection process as that role is established in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the National Contingency Plan (NCP), and current EPA guidance documents. This fact sheet does not elevate consideration of, or establish a new role for, cost in the Superfund program. Through the publication of this fact sheet, EPA hopes to ensure that all stakeholders involved in the Superfund process fully understand the important role of cost in remedy selection under existing law, regulation and policy, and to summarize recent initiatives aimed at enhancing the cost-effectiveness of remedial actions. This fact sheet was developed pursuant to the Superfund Administrative Reforms announced on October 2, 1995 by Administrator Browner.

Click to download the Superfund Cost Directive (PDF) (176 K, 8 pp, About PDF).

 

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