Title: Contaminated Sediment Remediation Guidance for Hazardous Waste Sites 
Resource Type: document --> guidance / decision support 
Country: USA 
Year: 2005 
Availability: US EPA Report EPA 540/R-05/012; December 2005 
Author 1/Producer: US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Publisher: U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response 
Publisher City: Washington DC USA 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.epa.gov/superfund/resources/sediment/guidance.htm  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Brownfields
Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Sediments
Water and sanitation-->Water and sanitation Overview
 
Short description: The guidance document was prepared by U.S. EPA over the past 2-3 years to assist state and federal staff managing sediment sites by providing a thorough overview of methods that can be used to reduce health and ecological risks caused by contaminated sediment. To its credit, U.S. EPA sought technical input and considered recommendations from a broad array of public and private sector stakeholders involved in sediment investigation, assessment, and remediation.  The guidance is expected to strongly influence state and federal approaches to evaluation and cleanup of contaminated sediment sites in the U.S. over the next several years. 
Long description: The guidance encourages consideration of several factors during cleanup of contaminated sediment, such as: •Identifying and controlling the sources of sediment contamination and identifying the pathways of contaminant exposure, prior to cleanup; •Using a technical team approach and involving the community and other stakeholders throughout the cleanup process; •Considering all three major approaches to management of contaminated sediment (monitored natural recovery, in-situ capping, and dredging) and considering alternatives which combine approaches; •Validating models used to support sediment decisions and considering model uncertainty and sensitivity; •Considering how contaminated sediment alternatives manage or reduce risks, including residual risks as well as the risks of the remedies; and, •Monitoring the effectiveness of remedies at contaminated sediment sites. 
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US EPA has posted their final copy of 'Contaminated Sediment Remediation Guidance for Hazardous Waste Sites'
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 08/01/2006