Introduction to CERCLA (2 Hours)
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) is the primary federal statute for addressing active and abandoned sites where hazardous substances have been released. CERCLA also provides parties conducting cleanups with cost recovery claims to recoup cleanup costs from other parties that are responsible for the contamination. The course is an overview of the federal, state, and local regulatory requirements regarding hazardous substances and orphan sites cleanup, assessments and remediation. In addition, this course presents the regulatory process governing site assessment and remediation and takes an in-depth look at federal, state and local programs dealing with the regulatory framework, governing Superfund. Topics include Superfund program, cleanup and abatement orders, release reporting, the National Contingency Plan (NCP), the administrative record and the hazard ranking system, among other topics.
At the conclusion of the course, students will have basic knowledge of appropriate regulations and work practices subject to hazardous waste management and cleanup requirements.
By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:
- Understand the evolution of the Superfund program. The course explores the origin, accomplishments, and future of the Superfund program.
- Understand the hazardous terminology, National Priority List (NPL), remedial phase and liability provision.
- Understand the statutory and regulatory basis for the authorities.
- The course provides an overview of the roles of the Potentially Responsible Party as they are defined in laws, regulations, policy, and guidance, including a comparison of authorities and liabilities.
- Learn about the three types of response activities defined under CERCLA; removal, remedial, and enforcement programs.
- Learn the major responsibilities of authorities and responsible parties in their work on Superfund responses, site cleanups, and enforcement activities.