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Asbestos

"Guidance on Non-NPL Removal Actions Involving Nationally Significant or Precedent-Setting Issues" (March 1989)
Outlines the defining criteria to determine if a non-NPL removal action requires Headquarters concurrence. Asbestos removals are included. [9 pp]
OSWER 9360.0-19
PDF Searchable (32 K)

Dioxin

"Dioxin Tool Box"
The Dioxin Tool Box is composed of several technical documents intended to assist Superfund Project Managers in the sampling and analysis of dioxin contaminated soils.

"Headquarters Consultation for Dioxin Sites" (December 1996)
Requests that Regions consult with Headquarters on sites where remediation goals are to be developed for dioxin in soil. [2 pp]
EPA 540/F-97-014, OSWER 9200.4-19, NTIS: PB97-963225
PDF Searchable (19 K)

"Guidance on Non-NPL Removal Actions Involving Nationally Significant or Precedent-Setting Issues" (March 1989)
Outlines the defining criteria to determine if a non-NPL removal action requires Headquarters concurrence. Dioxin removals are included. [9 pp]
OSWER 9360.0-19
PDF Searchable (32 K)

Lead (Pb)

EPA Technical Review Workgroup for Lead (TRW) - Products
Contains links to Lead Guidance, Software Lead Analytical Models, Documentation, Short Sheets (updates to Guidance), and Fact Sheets. For additional information, the TRW Home Page is accessible from this section.

"Lead Site Response Decisions: Formation of the Lead Sites Consultation Group" (May 1997)
Reiterates the three site criteria that could trigger review of lead-related Proposed Plans and summarizes the consultation requirements for such sites. [5 pp]
OSWER 9355.4-26
PDF Searchable (29 K)

"Administrative Reforms for Lead Risk Assessment" (April 1996)
Outlines the specific steps to implement the 1995 Administrative Reform principles concerning lead contamination. [38 pp]
EPA 540/F-97/015, OSWER 9200.4-20, NTIS: PB97-963226
PDF Image (1 MB)

"Focus Areas for Headquarters Support for Regional Decision-Making" (May 1996)
Identifies selected issue areas that represent the current focus of OSRTI's national Regional coordination effort. A discussion of lead policy is included as one of the focus areas. [24 pp]
OSWER 9200.1-17
PDF Image (1 MB)

"Guidance on Non-NPL Removal Actions Involving Nationally Significant or Precedent-Setting Issues" (March 1989)
Outlines the defining criteria to determine if a non-NPL removal action requires Headquarters concurrence. Lead contamination from consumer products requires appropriate consultation. [9 pp]
OSWER 9360.0-19
PDF Searchable (32 K)

Mercury

"Concurrence Policy for Mercury Removals" (May 1998) Modifies Headquarters consultation requirements concerning removal actions addressing certain residential mercury contaminations. Mercury contamination will no longer be considered "nationally significant." unless the contamination is contained within the building structure, in which case consult requirements should be followed in accordance with the OSWER directive 9360.3-12: "Response Actions at Sites with Contamination Inside Buildings" (August 1993).
OSWER 9360.1-05
PDF Searchable (21 K)

"Response Actions at Sites with Contamination Inside Buildings" (August 1993) In the event the contamination is contained within the building structure, in which case consult requirements should be followed in accordance with the OSWER directive 9360.3-12: "Response Actions at Sites with Contamination Inside Buildings" (August 1993). [3 pp]
OSWER 9360.3-12, NTIS: PB94-963269INX
PDF Searchable (79 K)

Metals

"Presumptive Remedy for Metals-in-Soil Sites" (September 1999)
Establishes preferred treatment technologies for metals-in-soil waste and recommends containment for the low-level risk waste. Use of this presumptive remedy should streamline remedy selection by narrowing the alternatives considered in the Feasibility Study (FS) or Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA). [48 pp]
EPA 540/F-98/054, OSWER 9355.0-72FS
PDF Searchable (198 K)

Methane

"CERCLA Removal Actions at Methane Release Sites" (January 1986)
Clarifies OSRTI policy regarding removal actions at methane gas release sites under CERCLA authority. [2 pp]
OSWER 9360.0-8
PDF Searchable (17 K)

Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE)

MTBE Treatment Profiles
Contains a searchable database of 250 methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) treatment profiles. The profiles include both completed and ongoing treatment technologies - both in situ and ex situ - for MTBE in drinking water, ground water, and soil.

"Headquarters Consultation for Addressing Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) Contamination Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)" (May 1997)
Requests Headquarters consultation when considering the use of CERCLA authority to address MTBE contamination. [2 pp]
OSWER 9200.4-21
PDF Searchable (19 K)

Pesticides

"Guidance on Non-NPL Removal Actions Involving Nationally Significant or Precedent-Setting Issues" (March 1989)
Outlines the defining criteria to determine if a non-NPL removal action requires Headquarters concurrence. Pesticide removals are included. [9 pp]
OSWER 9360.0-19
PDF Searchable (32 K)

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

"Guidance on Remedial Actions for Superfund Sites with PCB Contamination" (August 1990)
Provides a recommended approach for evaluating and remediating Superfund sites with PCB contamination. Provides starting point cleanup levels for various media and describes how to develop remedial alternatives for PCB contamination. [152 pp]
EPA 540/G-90/007, OSWER 9355.4-01, NTIS: PB91-145466INX
PDF Searchable (1.5 MB)

"A Guide on Remedial Actions at Superfund Sites with PCB Contamination" (August 1990)
Summarizes the above guidance (OSWER 9355.4-01) concerning development, evaluation, and selection of remedial actions at Superfund sites with PCB contamination. Discussion includes: determining cleanup levels, identifying treatment options, and assessing necessary management of residuals. [8 pp]
OSWER 9355.4-01FS, NTIS: PB90-274432INX
PDF Searchable (568 K)

"Engineering Issue: Technology Alternatives for the Remediation of PCB-Contaminated Soil and Sediment" (October 1993)
Familiarizes On-scene Coordinators (OSCs) and Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) with technology issues concerning successful remedy selection for PCB cleanup at Superfund sites. Discusses PCB characteristics, remediation regulations, data collection/analytical methods, and treatability studies. [27 pp]
EPA 540/S-93/506, NTIS: PB94-144250INX
PDF Searchable (470 K)

Please note: After EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response issued two policies regarding cleanup of PCBs under the Superfund program -- "Guidance on Remedial Actions for Superfund Sites with PCB Contamination" OSWER Directive 9355.4-01 (August 1990) and "A Guide on Remedial Actions at Superfund Sites with PCB Contamination" OSWER 9355.4-01FS (August 1990), the Agency published a final rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that amended existing regulations governing PCBs (see 40 CFR Part 761). The regulations are controlling legal authority and any policy discussion in the OSWER Directives that is not consistent with those regulations should be disregarded.

Radiation

Key OSWER Radiation Guidance and Reports
Provides links to key Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) radiation guidance, as well as selected reports which are used frequently by Superfund Remedial Project Managers.

"Guidance on Non-NPL Removal Actions Involving Nationally Significant or Precedent-Setting Issues" (March 1989)
Outlines the defining criteria to determine if a non-NPL removal action requires Headquarters concurrence. Radioactive removals are included. [9 pp]
OSWER 9360.0-19
PDF Searchable (32 K)

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs in Soils - Presumptive Remedies
Remediation of VOC-contaminated sites is most commonly achieved through selection of a presumptive remedy that is optimal based on a site's specific characteristics. Provides several topics, including VOCs, that link to guidance for remedy selection.

Related Internet Sites

Superfund Site Contamination
Offers links to other Web pages and documents describing chemicals, metals, and other substances that are commonly found at Superfund sites.

 

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