The ASTSWMO Removals Focus Group has developed a form for putting together consistent referral packages across States. This form identifies critical information needed to appropriately evaluate the commitment of limited resources by the U.S. EPA when reviewing referral requests. It also addresses the need for consistency in the removal action request process that has been identified by U.S. EPA headquarters, the regions and States.
The ASTSWMO Site Assessment Focus Group have published a report that provides additional follow-up to the August 2017 publication, On Time and Under Budget, Superfund Site Assessment Program Analysis, States’ Perspective, and includes a discussion of the variations identified for these tasks; including Pre-CERCLA Screening with sampling, Preliminary Assessment with sampling, combined Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection, and Abbreviated Preliminary Assessment.
This document is solely intended to help States in identifying efficient and effective adaptive Operational and Maintenance management practices that can be utilized to respond to changing conditions while ensuring protectiveness of human health and the environment.
The Great Lakes Legacy Act exemplifies a unique approach for accelerating sediment cleanup and restoring habitat in the largest system of fresh surface water in the world. Funded under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, The Great Lakes Legacy Act provides federal funding to promote cost-sharing partnerships for sediment remediation, including partnerships with State agencies and industry. This webinar from the ASTSWMO Sediments Focus Group shares the presentations made during the ASTSWMO Brownfields and Superfund Symposium in August, 2018, and it provides training on partnering with stakeholders, bridging gaps and thinking outside the box in order to leverage funding, integrate habitat improvements and revitalize tribal, recreational and economic interests.
The ASTSWMO Removals Focus Group has produced research that builds off of previous work from their 2013 Transition Issues Analysis. This research focuses on the capacities and needs of the EPA Regions and States in the performance of Time Critical Removal Actions by identifying the resources each potentially offers to this type of response action, and the dynamics of the partnerships created between Federal and State agencies. The result successfully identifies ways to more efficiently use and share limited resources available at all levels and build synergistic partnerships between agencies in the satisfaction of this vital environmental service that protects human health and the environment.
This paper is intended to help States identify and understand potential issues associated with settlement negotiations, especially financial assurance, and to consider the implications of PRP bankruptcy during the CERCLA remedial process.
ASTSWMO’s Brownfields Focus Group developed six fact sheets that relate to certain Brownfields topics. These topics are Phase I Assessments and All Appropriate Inquiry, Phase II Assessments, Abandoned Structures, Risk-Based Decision Making for Property Cleanup, Vapor Intrusion, and Community Involvement.
The ASTSWMO Remedial Action Focus Group developed this report to provide information to States and EPA regarding the use of Interim Records of Decision (Interim RODs) at sites subject to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) also known as Superfund.
ASTSWMO’s Sediments Focus Group developed this report to evaluate efforts coordinated across CERCLA and Clean Water Act authorities that were aimed at preventing sediment recontamination. The Focus Group presents several case studies of CERCLA sites that involve a component of sediment remediation through which to explore application of collaborative recommendations jointly developed by several EPA offices.
ASTSWMO’s Site Assessment Focus Group developed a National Priorities List (NPL) Designation report, which presents results from a research project analyzing States’ views regarding whether additional NPL top-priority designations would be beneficial, and information about unsuccessful site listings.