The Investigation and Remedy Selection Focus Group developed this assessment screening tool with the intention of helping regulators review risk assessments that do not fit typical residential or commercial/industrial scenarios. These atypical situations, selected with States feedback, include exposures from trespassing, recreating, or short-term work assignments, etc. This tool helps reviewers determine if the variables used are within reasonable ranges and what variables have the highest impact on the ultimate outcome of a risk assessment.
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.
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 the basics needed to navigate the redevelopment process and access resources to assist with revitalization efforts. The PDF version of the toolbox is ready to use as is and the Word version is provided to programs so that they may tailor the toolbox to program needs.
This tool was developed as a follow-up piece to the ASTSWMO Product Stewardship Framework Policy document, which is described in a subsequent section. As noted in the policy document, under a framework approach, States can define the product stewardship program structure, set criteria for selecting products and then add products to the stewardship program either by regulation or legislative authorization. Therefore, the State programs that are the focus of this guidance are those that have been created by regulation and/or legislation, and as such include data requirements. Voluntary State product stewardship programs are outside of the scope of the tool, though those programs may be able to use some of the concepts.
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 the documents applicability and usefulness. The final Toolbox is presented in Microsoft Word so States are able to reformat the document for their own specific needs.
Community Gardening Toolbox
Appendix A: References
Appendix B: Site Model