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Title: Remedial Action Assessment System (RAAS): Evaluation of selected feasibility studies of CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act) hazardous waste sites

Congress and the public have mandated much closer scrutiny of the management of chemically hazardous and radioactive mixed wastes. Legislative language, regulatory intent, and prudent technical judgment, call for using scientifically based studies to assess current conditions and to evaluate and select costeffective strategies for mitigating unacceptable situations. The NCP requires that a Remedial Investigation (RI) and a Feasibility Study (FS) be conducted at each site targeted for remedial response action. The goal of the RI is to obtain the site data needed so that the potential impacts on public health or welfare or on the environment can be evaluated and so that the remedial alternatives can be identified and selected. The goal of the FS is to identify and evaluate alternative remedial actions (including a no-action alternative) in terms of their cost, effectiveness, and engineering feasibility. The NCP also requires the analysis of impacts on public health and welfare and on the environment; this analysis is the endangerment assessment (EA). In summary, the RI, EA, and FS processes require assessment of the contamination at a site, of the potential impacts in public health or the environment from that contamination, and of alternative RAs that could address potential impacts tomore » the environment. 35 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.« less
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. (Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (USA))
  2. (Beck (R.W.) and Associates, Seattle, WA (USA))
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6988166
Report Number(s):
PNL-7229
ON: DE90010313
DOE Contract Number:
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (USA)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE/EH
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; CONTAMINATION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; HEALTH HAZARDS; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; REMEDIAL ACTION; IMPLEMENTATION; ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE; ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; PLANNING; PUBLIC HEALTH; RESOURCE RECOVERY ACTS; RISK ASSESSMENT; HAZARDS; LAWS; MANAGEMENT; MASS TRANSFER; MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; WASTES 052002* -- Nuclear Fuels-- Waste Disposal & Storage; 054000 -- Nuclear Fuels-- Health & Safety