CERCLA and Brownfields Publications

2021

2021 Site Assessment Focus Group GIS Paper (5/18/2021) - The ASTSWMO Site Assessment Focus Group created and distributed a GIS Research Toolbox questionnaire to all States with the goal to determine their use of GIS in their Site Assessment Program processes, and, for ASTSWMO to share the questionnaire’s key… ... Read More
2021 ASTSWMO Mid-Year Webinar Recordings (5/6/2021) - Presentations Welcome, Plenary, and Keynote What’s the Buzz in Materials Management? Materials Management Roundtable Containment Sumps Repairs Unintended Consequences of Petroleum Remediation State Revenues and Impacts to the Tanks Programs Planning for Resiliency and Sustainability of Remedies in a Changing… ... Read More
2020 State Brownfields Program Analysis (2/11/2021) - The ASTSWMO Brownfields Focus Group undertook a research project to gather and share data from all State brownfield programs. The project began with the development of a research tool that would capture the key components of State brownfield programs. In… ... Read More

2020

ASTSWMO Annual Webinar Recordings (11/16/2020) - Presentations Welcome and Opening Remarks Keynote Federal Real Property Transfer & Disposal Protecting Your Tanks Program: From Cost Evaluation to Fraud Prevention CERCLA & Brownfields: Emergency Preparedness UST System Inspections During the COVID-19 Pandemic CERCLA, Brownfields and Federal Facilities: Public… ... Read More
Preparing Post-Construction Cleanup Sites for Natural Disasters (6/15/2020) - The ASTSWMO CERCLA Post Construction Focus Group has developed a checklist called, Preparing Post-Construction Cleanup Sites for Natural Disasters, which is solely intended to help States in identifying efficient and effective measures for preparation in advance of potential natural disasters… ... Read More
Using Technology to Tell a Story – Webinar (5/22/2020) - View Presentation In today’s age it is important to show our project successes and use technology and visual displays to help demonstrate the great work. This joint webinar from the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee and the Federal Facilities Subcommittee will… ... Read More
Using Technology in the Field – Webinar (5/7/2020) - View Presentation Documenting environmental data in the field is very important, and using technology in the field allows field personnel to be more efficient. This webinar will discuss various field technologies currently being used by States and EPA. Presenters will… ... Read More
TI Waivers Webinar (2/25/2020) - The ASTSWMO Remedial Action Focus Group will present the data that came from the research tool on Technical Impracticability (TI) waivers at National Priorities List sites. The intent of this exercise is to evaluate the criteria used to justify TI… ... Read More

2019

Removals Request Form (12/19/2019) - The ASTSWMO Removals Focus Group (Focus Group) has developed a form for putting together consistent referral packages across the States and Territories (States). This form identifies critical information needed to appropriately evaluate the commitment of limited resources by the U.S.… ... Read More
Uniformity of Time Critical Removal Actions (12/19/2019) - 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… ... Read More
CERCLA Modernization Position Paper (11/19/2019) - The ASTSWMO CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee has published a position paper on CERCLA Modernization in which there are specific areas of the Superfund Program where States could contribute in a larger, more significant role which would make the process more… ... Read More
Site Assessment Focus Group Toolbox (11/19/2019) - 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… ... Read More
Optimizing for the Post Construction Phase of Superfund Sites (10/10/2019) - 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. ... Read More
Great Lakes Partnership Principles for Enhancing Habitat at Sediment Remediation Sites (2/7/2019) - 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… ... Read More
Time-Critical Removal Capabilities (1/25/2019) - 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… ... Read More

2018

Remedial Action Focus Group Bankruptcy Paper 2018 (10/2/2018) - 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. ... Read More

2017

Brownfields Focus Group Facts Sheet (9/29/2017) - 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.… ... Read More
Interim Records of Decision Paper (8/28/2017) - 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… ... Read More
Sediment Site Recontamination Paper (8/28/2017) - 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… ... Read More
National Priorities List (NPL) Designation report (8/27/2017) - 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. ... Read More
Site Assessment Program Analysis (8/26/2017) - ASTSWMO’s Site Assessment Focus Group facilitated the collection of nationally representative data about States’ use of, and recommendations for, the Site Assessment Program tools. Based on information obtained from States regarding the Site Assessment process, the Focus Group developed this… ... Read More
Transitioning Sites to Post Construction Report (8/6/2017) - ASTSWMO’s CERCLA Post Construction Focus Group developed this report to provide examples of challenges experienced by various States during the transition of sites from the EPA to a State and present National Priorities List site examples that illustrate opportunities for… ... Read More
Katherine N. Probst’s ACEC White Paper “Superfund 2017, Cleanup Accomplishments and the Challenges Ahead.” (6/8/2017) - This paper was written by Katherine N. Probst and funded by ACEC. It provides an overall evaluation of the progress of EPA’s Superfund program and provides recommendations for the future. ... Read More
ASTSWMO 128(a) Position Paper (5/17/2017) - On January 11, 2002, President Bush signed the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (Pub.L.No. 107-118, 115 stat. 2356, "the Brownfields Law"). The Brownfields Law amended the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) by… ... Read More
Toolbox for Community Redevelopment (1/10/2017) - The ASTSWMO Brownfields Focus Group has updated the toolbox that was produced by the Focus Group in 2007. This toolbox reflects on new procedures, information and resources in community redevelopment, and it will help communities redevelop brownfield properties, and provide… ... Read More

2015

Post Removals Site Controls: Ensuring the Long-Term Integrity of Removal Actions (11/8/2015) - The Removals Focus Group developed this report as an update to their 2010 report “Transition Issues Analysis”. One area that needed additional review was Post Removals Site Controls (PRSCs). Timely input from the State is needed throughout the removal decision… ... Read More
Analysis of Superfund Site Assessment Program Cooperative Agreements with States: Benefits of Flexibility During Pre CERCLA Screening (8/8/2015) - In Benefits of Flexibility During Pre CERCLA Screening, this project relies upon feedback from States, EPA OSRTI data and case studies to examine the States’ use of Pre-CERCLA Screening Assessments and how they can be applied most effectively. This report… ... Read More

Archives

These publications have been archived due to our Sunset Policy

2016

Superfund State Contracts- A Reference for States and Territories: How to Get the Most Out of Your Superfund State Contract (4/13/2016) - The ASTSWMO Remedial Action Focus Group developed this report to assist States with the preparation, negotiation, and implementation of their Superfund State Contracts. This document is intended to help States recognize and understand these decision points and provide some implementation… ... Read More
The Clean Water Act and Sediment Remediation: Using the Data Quality Objectives Process to Help Assure that Remediated Sediment Sites are not Re-Contaminated (4/8/2016) - The ASTSWMO Sediments Focus Group developed this report for environmental authorities over both the CWA and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) in a jurisdiction including State, federal, Territorial and/or tribal decision makers. This paper suggests a planning… ... Read More

2014

ASTSWMO Position Paper on 128(a) Funding (5/9/2014) - This paper has been replaced by the document located here. On January 11, 2002, President Bush signed the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (Pub.L.No. 107-118, 115 stat. 2356, "the Brownfields Law"). The Brownfields Law amended the Comprehensive… ... Read More
Analysis of Superfund Site Assessment Program Cooperative Agreements with States: Benefits of Effective State and Federal Partnerships (5/9/2014) - In this Analysis of Site Assessment Program Cooperative Agreements with States report, the Focus Group is following up on the findings of the Superfund Site Assessment Program: Benefits Beyond NLP Listing reports.  The previous reports collected and reported the numbers of non-NPL outcomes on… ... Read More
128(a) Successes Checklist (5/8/2014) - The Checklist and Defintions below are meant to summarize the work accomplished during the reporting period that is not captured by ACRES and PALS.  It is not meant to be a comprehensive compilation unless defined as such but rather a… ... Read More

2013

Sediment Remedy Effectiveness and Recontamination (4/9/2013) - The ASTSWMO Sediments Focus Group has produced this document that discusses causes and issues related to recontamination. Discussion topics include new contamination of sediment sites from both known sources and newly identified sources, including contamination from new chemicals or those… ... Read More
Transition Issues Analysis (2/9/2013) - The purpose of the research was to gather information on issues relating to the transition of removal sites to and from the State and federal programs. The purpose was also to identify approaches, concerns, strengths and weaknesses related to these… ... Read More

2012

Community Gardening Toolbox (10/8/2012) - The Toolbox is designed to assist States by providing a reference guide for State environmental staff on community gardening on brownfield sites. States are encouraged to personalize the toolbox by adding their own State-specific and other regulatory information to increase… ... Read More
State Conceptual Framework to Estimate Associated Cost (8/9/2012) - Building upon previously funded EPA research conducted by the Environmental Law Institute, the ASTSWMO Long-Term Stewardship Focus Group chose to develop an institutional controls costing tool that represents a State perspective, especially for those States currently in the development or… ... Read More
State Management and Potential Reuse of Marginally Contaminated Soils (5/14/2012) - The Association's State Superfund Focus Group developed a Marginally Contaminated Soils Paper to highlight how States manage soils that do not meet a State’s unrestricted use criteria or standards for organic or inorganic contaminants. ... Read More
Phase II Report (3/14/2012) - The Association's Site Evaluation Focus Group developed this Phase 2 report to highlight the beneficial outcomes not traditionally captured (e.g., State site cleanups that result from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Site Assessment Program, commonly known… ... Read More

2011

ASTSWMO Comments on U.S. EPA’s upcoming proposal for regulations promulgated under §108(b) of CERCLA (5/20/2011) - On behalf of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO), I would like to thank you for the time you and your staff have invested in considering our concerns on EPA’s upcoming proposal for regulations promulgated… ... Read More
Superfund Site Assessment Program: Benefits Beyond NPL Listing (3/14/2011) - The Association's Site Evaluation Focus Group developed this report to highlight the beneficial outcomes not traditionally captured, e.g., State site cleanups that result from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Site Assessment Program, commonly known as the Superfund Site… ... Read More

2009

Compendium of State Land Revitalization Indicators (5/8/2009) - This Compendium illustrates the types of socioeconomic data being collected by States to measure the effectiveness of their state programs in facilitating the investigation, remediation and redevelopment of contaminated sites, including brownfields. ... Read More