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  • Retail Strategy: A New Focus on Hazardous Waste Regulations

    Retail Strategy: A New Focus on Hazardous Waste Regulations

    America’s hazardous waste management program ensures the safe management of hazardous waste from the “cradle to the grave”. Many of these regulations were developed more than three decades ago, so it is important we ensure they ...

    Mathy Stanislaus

  • Superfund Investigates Land Pollution from the Past…and Present

    Superfund Investigates Land Pollution from the Past…and Present

    On September 7, 2016, we took steps to respond to states, tribes and citizens who asked for our help addressing contaminated sites. In response, we are adding 10 hazardous waste sites to the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is our list of ...

    Mathy Stanislaus

  • Evaluation of Energy Conservation Measures for Wastewater Treatment Facilities

    Evaluation of Energy Conservation Measures for Wastewater Treatment Facilities

    This technical document will assist municipal utility owners and operators in finding information on cost-effective energy management and energy conservation measurers (ECMs) and technologies for reducing total energy usage in their wastewater ...

  • US EPA’s petroleum brownfields action plan: promoting revitalization and sustainability

    US EPA’s petroleum brownfields action plan: promoting revitalization and sustainability

    The nation’s approach to assessing, cleaning up, and reusing brownfields has evolved dramatically since the emergence of EPA and state brownfields programs. The cleanup and subsequent redevelopment of brownfields have had significant positive ...

  • Coastal sensitivity to sea level rise: A focus on the mid-Atlantic region

    Coastal sensitivity to sea level rise: A focus on the mid-Atlantic region

    The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) was launched in February 2002 as a collaborative federal interagency program, under a new cabinet-level organization designed to improve the government-wide management and dissemination of climate ...

  • Cruise ship discharge assessment report

    Cruise ship discharge assessment report

    Cruise ships operate in every ocean worldwide, often in pristine coastal waters and sensitive marine ecosystems. Cruise ship operators provide amenities to their passengers that are similar to those of luxury resort hotels, including pools, hair ...

  • Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for oxides of nitrogen and sulfur – Ecological Criteria

    Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for oxides of nitrogen and sulfur – Ecological Criteria

    Oxides of nitrogen and oxides of sulfur are two of six principal (or “criteria”) pollutants for which EPA has established national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The Clean Air Act requires EPA to periodically review the scientific basis for ...

  • The US EPA`s FY 2008 Performance and Accountability Report

    The US EPA`s FY 2008 Performance and Accountability Report

    PURPOSE OF THE REPORT The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s FY 2008 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) describes the Agency’s many accomplishments and challenges in both program performance and overall management. Specifically, the ...

  • EPA initiates strategic planning for priority enforcement areas, but key elements still needed

    EPA initiates strategic planning for priority enforcement areas, but key elements still needed

    OECA has instituted a process for strategic planning in its national enforcement priority areas. It has developed strategic planning guidance and a strategy template to facilitate continual review and improvement of the strategies. The Fiscal Years ...

    Dan Engelberg; George Golliday; Kathryn Hess; Renee McGhee-LenartM; Gerry Snyder

  • Voluntary greenhouse gas reduction programs have limited potential

    Voluntary greenhouse gas reduction programs have limited potential

    The set of voluntary GHG programs we reviewed use outreach efforts to recruit program partners and reduce GHG emissions. We found the greatest barriers to participation were the perceived emission reduction costs and reporting requirements. We also ...

  • Analyses and effects of global change on human health and welfare and human systems

    Analyses and effects of global change on human health and welfare and human systems

    Climate change, interacting with changes in land use and demographics, will affect important human dimensions in the United States, especially those related to human health, settlements and welfare. The challenges presented by population growth, an ...

    Janet L. Gamble, Kristie L. Ebi, Anne E. Grambsch, Frances G. Sussman, Thomas J. Wilbanks

  • Integrated science assessment for oxides of nitrogen – health criteria

    Integrated science assessment for oxides of nitrogen – health criteria

    Oxides of nitrogen is one of six principal (or “criteria”) pollutants for which EPA has established national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The Clean Air Act requires EPA to periodically review the scientific basis for these standards by ...

  • Evaluating groundwater/surfacewater transition zones in ecological risk assessments

    Evaluating groundwater/surfacewater transition zones in ecological risk assessments

    Currently, there is a common perception that the discharge of contaminated groundwater to a surfacewater body does not pose an ecological risk if contaminant concentrations in surface-water samples are below analytical detection limits or at very ...

  • Improved controls would reduce superfund backlogs

    Improved controls would reduce superfund backlogs

    Neither EPA nor the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) took actions needed to ensure progress at seven New Jersey-led Superfund site clean-ups. These sites were listed on the NPL over 20 years ago but still have not had a ...

  • Preliminary review of adaptation options for climate-sensitive ecosystems and resources

    Preliminary review of adaptation options for climate-sensitive ecosystems and resources

    The US Government’s Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) is responsible for providing the best science-based knowledge possible to inform management of the risks and opportunities associated with changes in the climate and related environmental ...

    Susan Herrod Julius, Jordan M. West, et al.

  • Clean air research multi-year plan 2008-2012

    Clean air research multi-year plan 2008-2012

    The Office of Research and Development’s (ORD) Multi-Year Plans (MYPs) describe what research ORD proposes to accomplish over the next 5-10 years in a variety of areas. The MYPs serve three principal purposes: to describe where the research ...

  • A conceptual framework for US EPA’s national exposure research laboratory

    A conceptual framework for US EPA’s national exposure research laboratory

    The challenges of environmental protection range from understanding the potential risk associated with exposure of humans and ecosystems to a newly manufactured chemical, to minimizing human exposure to pathogens at public beaches, to linking human ...

  • Resource Conservation Challenge: Update

    Resource Conservation Challenge: Update

    Resource Conservation Challenge: An Overview Launched in 2002, the Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC) implements Congress’ charge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the ...

  • Top 10 questions to ask when  buying a superfund site

    Top 10 questions to ask when buying a superfund site

    The purpose of this document is to provide answers to some of the questions that a prospective purchaser may have when considering whether to purchase property at a privately owned Superfund site. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...

  • Depleted uranium  technical brief

    Depleted uranium technical brief

    Depleted uranium (DU) is a byproduct of the process used to enrich natural uranium for use in nuclear reactors and in nuclear weapons. Natural uranium is composed of three isotopes; 234U, 235U, and 238U (see Table 1) [1]. The enrichment process ...