Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Corrective Action Rule Proposed

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Corrective Action Rule Proposed

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CORRECTIVE ACTION RULE PROPOSED

After nearly two years under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), EPA's corrective action proposal, providing a framework for cleanup of more than 3,000 hazardous waste facilities, has finally emerged.

It sets forth a process that industries would use in effecting hazardous waste remedies. Cleanup at facilities would include collection of information, study of contamination at the facility, selection and execution of cleanup remedies, and operation and maintenance.

In addition, a company would be allowed to combine several contaminated units within a RCRA facility for the purpose of applying the corrective action regulations, provided the units are next to each other and there is no uncontaminated soil between them.

Administrators have some discretion in applying the proposed rule. For example, the EPA regional administrator might decide when there is no threat of exposure to releases from a given unit, or application of cleanup standards would not result in any significant reduction in risk to human health or the environment, or when cleanup is technically impracticable to relax full application of the standard. …

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