This seminar will provide an overview of the recently finalized Handbook that contains EPAs latest interpretations of policies on topics such as, cleanup goals, groundwater use, point of compliance, source control, and completing groundwater remedies. The Handbook ties all 15 different topics together with an overall Groundwater Protection and Cleanup Strategy that emphasizes a phased, results-based approach to cleaning up contaminated groundwater. Although the Handbook focuses on RCRA Corrective Action, EPA believes the plain language of the policy descriptions, and the Internet links to over 50 more detailed resources will be helpful to anyone involved with groundwater protection and cleanup.
Seminar participants will hear the authors describe: key background information that led to developing the Handbook; primary goals and messages; the innovative format of the Handbook; and, summaries of policies associated with individual topics. Time will also be provided for questions and answers.