Document Category: Fact Sheets

EPA-Comparing RCRA and CERCLA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to ensure that contamination from the former DuPont East Chicago facility at 5215 Kennedy Avenue in East Chicago is properly addressed and that people living in the community are protected, informed and involved in the cleanup process. EPA’s authority to compel cleanup of contamination at the former DuPont facility is derived from the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA). When RCRA and Superfund, also known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA) are related, EPA coordinates the two cleanup programs to eliminate duplication of effort and streamline cleanup processes. EPA encourages close coordination among RCRA and Superfund cleanup programs.

EPA OM Superfund May 2001

Adequately addressing operation and maintenance (O&M) issues throughout the life of a Superfund remedy is critical to the successful implementation of the Superfund program. O&M measures are designed to maintain the remedy at a site to ensure that the remedy remains protective of human health and the environment. This fact sheet provides an overview of O&M throughout the phases of the Superfund pipeline and presents guidance for Remedial Project Managers (RPMs).