Intermediate CERCLA (6 Hours)
The Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) is a law designed to remediate contamination from hazardous waste disposals that endanger public health and the environment. The course provides students with a basic understanding of many of the major provisions of CERCLA that are currently in place including, release reporting requirements in CERCLA Section 103 and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) Sections 302-312. Participants are provided with a basic understanding of CERCLA, and an in-depth review of the Remedial investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) process as it applies to DOE's environmental restoration program. 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 pre-advance 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:
- Identify characteristics of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA),
- Understand the hazardous terminology, National Priority List (NPL), remedial phase and liability provision.
- Learn about the three types of response activities defined under CERCLA; removal, remedial, and enforcement programs
- Develop a broad conceptual model of the site which includes, but is not limited to, identifying potential exposure concerns, the information necessary for an evaluation, and stakeholders concerns.
- Develop conclusions regarding preventing or reducing exposure; the likelihood of adverse health effects; the degree of public health hazard posed by the site; critical data gaps; and need for health education, exposure investigations.
- Understand the process of CERLA enforcement, and enforcement Audit.
- Understand the key provisions of CERCLA and SARA