Guidance

Use the tabs below to locate a significant guidance document by environmental topic.  We sorted the documents by topic to help you find the appropriate document more quickly; however, we did not necessarily list a document under every topic mentioned in it.  Instead, documents are grouped according to their major themes.  Some documents may be listed multiple times while others may appear under just one topic.

  • Guidelines for Preparing a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)
    Presents guidelines and specifications describing the essential elements of a QA Project Plan, and specifies the required format to be followed and how plans will be reviewed and approved.
  • Laboratory and Field Screening Data Review
    Assists project coordinators, site assessors and VAP reviewers in the evaluation of whether data provided by a laboratory may contain deficiencies which could result in a determination that the data quality is questionable for use in a project.
  • Quality Management Plan
    Addresses the Quality Management Plan requirements as outlined in the U.S. EPA Quality Assurance (QA/R2) document, External Review Draft Final, October 1998. Material and information specific to activities within DERR are noted throughout this document. The bulk of information is reflective of the overall operating system within Ohio EPA.

State ARARs Process
Provides guidance to ensure that the Remedial Response Program consistently implements the use of ARARs for state sites.


State ARARs Listing

Provides a list of ARARs by Agency and Division, and includes the ORC or OAC reference and the application.


VAP Program Requirements as ARARs

Identifies that as promulgated standards under state environmental law, VAP cleanup standards may be a relevant and appropriate requirement for a remedial action in an enforcement case. However, this is a site-specific determination based on the particular circumstances at a given site. In order to determine whether a requirement is relevant and appropriate, Section 300.400(g)(2) of the NCP lays out a comparative analysis to be performed between the requirement in question and the proposed action.

Abatement Action Guidance Document
Provides a basis for determining whether a site or situation in question is appropriate to pursue an “abatement only” order pursuant to Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 6111.03. Also provides guidance on the generation of a justification of how technical feasibility, economic reasonableness and benefits to the people of Ohio were considered at the time the “abatement action” was selected and ordered. 


Asphalt Covers to Prevent Leaching at Industrial Sites

Discusses the use of paved surfaces and underlying barrier layers to cover areas of contaminated soil and prevent leaching, while also creating minimal disturbance to industrial plant operations.


Assessment of Seismic Risks at Remedial Sites

Summarizes how sites being addressed under the Remedial Response Program should be evaluated for earthquake risk. This is especially important because such sites often contain wastes that violate current land disposal restrictions, and which may have been built to much lower standards than applicable today and/or located in more recently identified environmentally sensitive areas.


Conducting Periodic Inspections at Remedial Response
Sites

Outlines procedures used by Ohio EPA to conduct periodic compliance inspections at remedial response sites, including the verification of compliance with performance standards and approved O&M Plans and Orders, and the identification of changes in remedy protectiveness.


Definition of a DERR Site

Facilitates the use of DERR resources on sites for which Ohio EPA has authority to conduct site assessment and cleanup activities, or to require others to conduct such activities.

DERR's Verified Complaint Protocol

Describes the process used by DERR to determine whether a complaint submitted to Ohio EPA is a verified complaint in accordance with Ohio Revised Code (ORC) § 3745.08.

General - Guidance List

Serves as an evolving "working list" of guidance documents and references that may be added to the core RI/FS and RD/RA guidance lists. This "working list" is not for use as an attachment to Remedial Response order.

Use of Background for Remedial Response Sites

The purpose of this guidance is to provide recommendations and methodology for the determination and use of representative background levels in environmental media which is acceptable by Ohio EPA - DERR for Remedial Response Sites

Environmental Covenant Template
Sets forth the template environmental covenant to be used for the purpose of subjecting a property to activity and use limitations.


Remedial Design/Remedial Action (RD/RA) Guidance List

Sets forth the generic list of guidance documents to be used in conducting Remedial Design and Remedial Action work at a site. This guidance list is to be used in conjunction with the RD/RA template Order and Statement of Work (SOW).


Remedial Design/Remedial Action (RD/RA) Statement of Work

Sets forth the generic requirements for conducting a Remedial Design and a Remedial Action at a site. The purpose of the RD/RA SOW is to define the procedures that respondents shall follow in designing and implementing the selected remedy for a site.


Remedial Design/Remedial Action (RD/RA)

Template Order - Sets forth the template Order to be used together with the generic statement of work (SOW) for conducting a Remedial Design and Remedial Action (RD/RA) at a site.

Deed Notice Template
Sets forth the template deed notice to be used together with DERR orders.


Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) - Guidance List

Sets forth the generic list of guidance documents to be utilized in conducting a Remedial Investigation and a Feasibility Study (RI/FS) at a site. This Guidance List is to be used in conjunction with the RI/FS template Order and Statement of Work (SOW).

Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) Statement of Work

Sets forth the generic requirements for conducting a Remedial Investigation and a Feasibility Study (RI/FS) at a site. The purpose of the RI is to characterize the nature and extent of a release or potential release of contaminants at or from a site, assess potential risks to human health and the environment posed by such releases, and collect the information needed to support the development and evaluation of remedial alternatives. The purpose of the FS is to develop and evaluate remedial alternatives to provide Ohio EPA with the information necessary to select a remedy.

Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS)
- Template Order

Sets forth the template Order to be used together with the generic statement of work (SOW) for conducting a Remedial Investigation and a Feasibility Study (RI/FS) at a site.