OLEM – Updated Residential Soil Lead Guidance for CERCLA Sites and RCRA Corrective Action Facilities


Reducing childhood lead exposure is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) priority. Consistent with the best available science, the Agency’s Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities, and the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts, the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) is updating its residential soil lead regional screening level (RSL) and regional removal management level (RML) for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as “Superfund” remedial and removal programs, respectively, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action program. The information and recommendations in this guidance also apply to federal facility cleanup programs subject to CERCLA section 120, and potentially to federal agencies using response action authorities delegated to them under Executive Order 12580 (OFR, 1987).

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