Are We Cleaning Up?

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DIANE Publishing, 1994 - 76 pages
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An assessment of how SUPERFUND is being implemented and the impacts of statutory provisions and program policies on environmental effectiveness and economic efficiency. This special report presents 10 case studies of SUPERFUND decisions at sites which are representative of a broad range of contamination problems and cleanup technologies.
 

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Page 17 - ... the potential for future remedial action costs if the alternative remedial action in question were to fail; and (G) the potential threat to human health and the environment associated with excavation, transportation, and redisposal, or containment.
Page 17 - The President shall conduct an assessment of permanent solutions and alternative treatment technologies or resource recovery technologies that, in whole or in part, will result in a permanent and significant decrease in the toxicity, mobility, or volume of the hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
Page 17 - The President shall select a remedial action that is protective of human health and the environment, that is cost effective, and that utilizes permanent solutions and alternative treatment technologies or resource recovery technologies to the maximum extent practicable.
Page 45 - The graphite starter path is eventually consumed by oxidation, and the current is transferred to the molten soil, which is now electrically conductive. As the vitrified zone grows, it incorporates nonvolatile elements and destroys organic components by pyrolysis. The pyrolyzed byproducts migrate to the surface of the vitrified zone, where they combust in the presence of oxygen. A hood placed over the processing area provides confinement for the combustion gases, and the gases are drawn into the off-gas...
Page 5 - EPA's guidance which lacks the concept of comparable environmental protection: "(cost-effectiveness) requires ensuring that the results of a particular alternative cannot be achieved by less costly methods. This implies that for any specific site there may be more than one cost-effective remedy, with each remedy varying in its environmental and public health results.
Page 17 - President shall publish an explanation as to why a remedial action involving such reductions was not selected. (2) The President may select an alternative remedial action meeting the objectives of this subsection whether or not such action has been achieved in practice at any other facility or site that has similar characteristics. In making such a selection, the President may take into account...

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