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Direct Final Process for Deletions

Beginning in 1999, EPA adopted a streamlined approach to the process of deleting sites from the National Priorities List, called a Notice of Direct Final Action to Delete. With this approach, the Notice of Intent to Delete (NOID) and the Notice of Deletion (NOD) are published in the Federal Register on the same date. This combination of steps reduces the amount of time it takes to finalize a site deletion. Using this process, EPA will publish both a NOID and a Notice of Direct Final Action to Delete in the Federal Register. The Notice of Direct Final Action to Delete includes the statement that the direct final action will become effective unless EPA receives significant adverse or critical comments during the 30-day public comment period. If no significant adverse or critical comments are received, the deletion will become effective without any further EPA action and the site will be deleted from the NPL. Should significant adverse or critical comments be received within the comment period, EPA will publish a notice of withdrawal of the direct final rule, prepare a response to the comments received, and continue with the rulemaking process on the basis of the proposal to delete and the comments received.

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Guidelines for Direct Final Deletion Process (PDF) (1 pg, 53K)

How Sites are Deleted from the NPL

"Close Out Procedures for National Priorities List Sites"


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