Remediation Risk Management

Available Resources:

Project Risk Management for Site Remediation (RRM-1) 
March 2011

Supplemental Training:

Project Risk Management for Site Remediation Online Webinar 
Archived November 2014

About the Resources:

Remediation risk management (RRM) is the process of managing uncontrollable project activities or circumstances that may result in negative consequences to remediation system performance. The project team evaluated the remediation risk and developed plans to facilitate risk mitigation. Managing remedy performance risk is an integral part of a remediation program’s overall management. The goal is to make everyone involved in the program aware that performance risk should be a consideration in the planning, design, and execution of remediation activities.

RRM is a critical component of the performance-based environmental management process but is often considered separately as a system engineering function, cost-estimating technique, or possibly as an independent function distinct from other program functions. There is a need to holistically address remediation risks associated with technology, costs, schedules, performance, and operations that impact achieving site closure.

The team developed guidance for recognizing the risks inherent in remediation projects and setting realistic performance goals and expectations, as well as proposed mitigation plans for managing all those risks. The technical and regulatory guidance document entitled Project Risk Management for Site Remediation (RRM-1) includes an evaluation of all risks associated with remediation at a site throughout the remediation life cycle. In the process, the team developed decision strategies to help reduce uncertainties in decisions related to remedy selection, execution, and completion of cleanup activities. 

Team Background:

The RRM Team advanced innovative approaches to remediation decision-making by educating regulators on the many uncertainties/risks associated with the remediation and closure of contaminated sites. The project emphasizes new tools and processes for state regulators to implement or understand during site remediation.