Integrated Cleanup Initiative

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    The Environmental Protection Agency Dec. 9, 2010, released a draft plan to implement EPA's Integrated Cleanup Initiative to accelerate the cleanup process at contaminated sites and revise how the agency measures and reports progress at hazardous waste sites. As one of the first steps, EPA is establishing a new cleanup benchmark called “remedial action project completions,” which addresses specific actions taken to implement a site cleanup, in addition to the traditional sitewide “construction complete” superfund benchmark. Specific actions could involve discrete areas of contamination; building demolition; or use of particular technologies, such as soil vapor extraction, the agency said. The new benchmark will complement the construction complete benchmark, which EPA will continue to use to report on the completion of sitewide cleanup construction at superfund sites, the agency said. Until construction is completed, however, the remedial action project completion measure will provide communities with the ability to evaluate and hold EPA accountable for ongoing progress and risk reduction, the agency said.

Read more…in Waste Management Guide on superfund cleanups

Did you know…?

    The Integrated Cleanup Initiative will be implemented not only at superfund sites but across all cleanup programs under the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, including brownfields, federal facilities, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act corrective actions, and underground storage tank cleanups.

-- You can find more on brownfields in Waste Management Guide
-- More information on RCRA corrective action also is available in Waste Management Guide

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