Guidance & Documents

"I refer to ITRC guidance documents on a monthly basis. The documents are always well written and easy to follow. I really like the web-based interactive format of newer guidance. We often share the information we have learned from ITRC resources amongst each other in internal meetings and these meetings spark many productive discussions. These discussions have been valuable in mentoring our junior staff."
                - William Flinchum, P.G., R.S.M., SynTerra Corporation
ITRC publishes and produces guidance documents and training courses that help state environmental agencies and others gain valuable technical knowledge and develop consistent regulatory approaches for reviewing and approving specific technologies. These include technical overviews, case studies, and technical and regulatory guidance documents.

These documents are written and reviewed by teams of environmental professionals, including state and federal environmental regulators, federal agency representatives, industry experts, community stakeholders, and academia. All ITRC documents undergo a rigorous external review, and all external comments and team responses are captured and posted to the team ITRC Connect community. ITRC will consider a lack of response during the 45-day external review period to be an acceptance of the content within the product.

Guidance Documents
139 Entries
 
 
5 years ago

2017-11-21

(BCS-1)

The Bioavailability in Contaminated Soil document describes the general concepts of the bioavailability of contaminants in soil, reviews the state of the science, and discusses how to incorporate bioavailability into human health risk assessment. This guidance addresses lead, arsenic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons for the incidental ingestion of soil.


#BioavailabilityofContaminantsinSoil

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5 years ago

2017-11-01

(RMCS-1)

This guidance document provides readers with practical steps to manage the remediation process at complex sites where remediation progress is uncertain and remediation is not anticipated to achieve closure or even long-term management within a reasonable time frame. Readers will learn the following: 1) Identify and integrate technical and nontechnical challenges into a holistic approach to remediation, 2) Use a Remediation Potential Assessment to identify whether adaptive site management is warranted due to site complexity, 3) Understand and apply adaptive site management principles, 4) Develop a performance-based long-term management plan, 5) Apply well-demonstrated techniques for effective stakeholder engagement, and 6) Review in-depth case studies of real-world applications of remediation and remediation management at complex sites.


#RemediationManagementofComplexSites

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5 years ago

2016-12-08

(IC-1)

This guidance focuses on long-term contaminant management using institutional controls (ICs). ICs are a form of land use controls (LUCs) that provide protection from exposure to contaminants on a site. While ICs consist of administrative or legal restrictions on a site, LUCs can also use physical measures, which are called engineering controls (ECs). In contrast to ECs, ICs are primarily government controls, proprietary controls, enforcement or permit mechanisms, and informational devices. In many states ICs are approved as part of a remedy. The IC may be the sole remedy or may be used in conjunction with other remedies or ECs. The protectiveness of the IC depends on management elements that ensure its integrity throughout its life cycle. When the critical elements of an IC are jeopardized, or fail, direct impact to human health and the environment can occur.


#LongTermStewardship

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6 years ago

2016-11-02

(GRO-1)

The Geospatial Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites (GRO-1) web-based guidance is designed to help practitioners better apply geospatial analyses in environmental projects. This guidance will help state regulators and other practitioners to understand, evaluate, and make informed decisions about geospatial analyses for optimizing activities at environmental sites. The material presented provides not only highly technical detail, but also introductory information for those who may not have expertise in this area. The document applies to all project life cycle stages: release detection, site characterization, remediation, monitoring and closure. The GRO-1 web-based technical and regulatory guidance document brings clarity to the planning, implementation, and communication of geospatial analysis in support of optimization. The GRO-1 document is a companion document to Groundwater Statistics and Monitoring Compliance (GSMC-1).

The GRO-1 document is formatted as a website. You can access the web document at any time from the ITRC website or you can bookmark the link. The fact sheets and review checklist are downloadable in a printable format (PDF). The software tables are in a downloadable Excel file. To print material from the website, use the “Print this page” link at the bottom of each page.


#GeospatialAnalysisforOptimization
#GroundwaterStatisticsandMonitoringCompliance

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7 years ago

2015-08-24

(GCMR-2)

This web-based guidance document explains the process of geophysical classification, describes its benefits and limitations, and most importantly discusses the information and data needed by regulators to monitor and evaluate the use of the technology. This document also emphasizes using a systematic planning process to develop data acquisition and decision strategies at the outset of a munitions response effort, as well as quality considerations throughout the project. Stakeholder issues that are unique to munitions response are also discussed

#UnexplodedOrdnance(UXO)
#GeophysicalClassificationforMunitionsResponse

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7 years ago

2015-04-20

(ISC-1)

This guidance document is a resource to inform regulators, responsible parties, other problem holders, consultants, community stakeholders, and other interested parties of the critical concepts related to characterization approaches and tools for collecting subsurface data at DNAPL sites.


#IntegratedDNAPLSiteCharacterization
#DenseNon-AqueousPhaseLiquids(DNAPLs)

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7 years ago

2015-01-12

(RISK-3)

Assists effective decision-making among state, local, and federal project managers and decision makers tasked with developing or reviewing risk assessments for contaminated sites using site-specific approaches, scenarios, and parameters. The document discusses commonly encountered issues organized around seven risk-assessment subjects (planning, data evaluation, toxicity, exposure assessment, risk characterization, risk management, and risk communication) when site-specific alternatives are proposed, and provides options for addressing these issues. Links to resources and tools that provide more detailed information on the specific issues and potential options are also provided. Community members and other stakeholders may find this document helpful for understanding and using risk assessment information to make better environmental decisions.
#RiskAssessment

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8 years ago

2014-10-10

(PVI-1)

This ITRC petroleum vapor intrusion (PVI) guidance document provides an 8-step process for the effective assessment and management of vapor intrusion at sites contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons. The guidance presents a method of screening petroleum-contaminated sites for potential vapor intrusion, as well as providing the tools and strategies that offer the most efficient means of evaluating the vapor intrusion pathway at these sites. The fundamental principle of this screening method is the “vertical separation distance,” which was developed using empirical data from hundreds of petroleum-contaminated sites. Use of separation distance to screen petroleum-contaminated sites allows managers to better focus scarce resources on sites with greater potential for petroleum vapor intrusion.
#PetroleumVaporIntrusion

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8 years ago

2014-08-14

(CS-2)

The objective of this guidance document is to assist decision-makers in identifying which contaminated sediment remedial technology is most favorable for a site based upon an evaluation of site-specific physical, sediment, contaminant, and land and waterway use characteristics. A six-step remedy selection framework is provided to help the user identify favorable technologies and remedial alternatives. Additional factors that need to be considered as part of the evaluation process are summarized (e.g. feasibility, cost, stakeholder and local governments concerns, and others).
#RemediationofContaminatedSediments

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8 years ago

2013-12-20

(GSMC-1)

The Groundwater Statistics and Monitoring Compliance (GSMC) web-based guidance is designed to help users without deep statistical expertise to understand the statistical techniques and methods related to groundwater cleanup and how to use them in all project life cycle stages: release detection, site characterization, remediation, monitoring and closure. The GSMC web-based technical and regulatory guidance document brings clarity to the planning, implementation, and communication of groundwater statistical methods and should lead to greater confidence and transparency in the use of groundwater statistics for environmental site management.
#GroundwaterStatisticsandMonitoringCompliance

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