toward the evaluation of dredged
material for aquatic disposal, it might
be useful in other areas of dredged
material assessment and management
as well (e.g., disposal site monitoring
or evaluation of alternative disposal
options). The audience for this docu-
ment is federal and state agency
personnel and other persons with an
interest in the evaluation and manage-
ment of dredged material. The
workgroup that developed this na-
tional guidance was composed of
 Individuals from headquarters, field
 offices, and research laboratories of
 EPA and the Corps with experience
 related to dredged material discharge
 activities.

 Requests for copies of this document
 (EPA 823-B-95-001) should be sent to
 U.S. EPA, National Center for Environ-
 mental Publications and Information,
 11029 Kenwood Road, Building 5,
 Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. For further
 information, contact Mike Kravitz, EPA
 Office of Science and Technology, at
 202-260-8085.
            Regional Activities
Region 2

De-Con Project Launched

EPA Region 2 and the New York
District Army Corps of Engineers are
working together to review, assess,
and conduct limited bench- and pilot-
scale testing of decontamination
technologies for New York/New
Jersey  Harbor sediments.  This effort
is being conducted under the aus-
pices of section 405 of WRDA 1992.
A "regional"  partnership has been
formed between the federal agencies
and the academic community.  It is
 led by DOE Brookhaven National
 Laboratory and its team of Rennselaer
 Polytechnic Institute, New Jersey
 Institute of Technology, Steven's
 Institute, and Rutgers University.
                 NATIONAL SEDIMENT BIO ACCUMULATION
                        CONFERENCE SCHEDULED

     EPA's Office of Science and Technology and
     Office of Research and Development are
     cosponsoring a national conference on
     bioaccumulative sediment contaminants.
     The conference will be held in Crystal City,
     Virginia (within the Washington, DC,
     metropolitan area) November 29 -
     December 1, 1995.. The conference will
     focus on assessment of bioaccumulative
     sediment contaminants and on integration
     of the assessment results into regulatory
     decision making. The agenda will include
     panel presentations on measuring and modeling
     bioaccumulation, interpretation of bioaccumulation
     data, and use of bioaccumulation data in risk assessment.
     It will also include case studies of different approaches for determining
     remediation goals.

     The conference will bring together scientific and technical experts and regula-
     tory personnel who must understand and respond to the impacts of contami-
      nated sediments. Call Charlie MacPherson of Tetra Tech, Inc., at (703) 385-
      6000 to obtain a meeting announcement, which contains a preregistration form,
      a preliminary agenda, and information regarding logistics.  For more information
      on the conference, contact Leanne Stahl of EPA's Office of Science and
      Technology at (202)  260-7055.
Because of the wide variety of con-
taminants found in NY/NJ Harbor
(dioxins,  PCBs, PAHs, heavy metals,
etc.), one goal of the project is to put
together a complete "treatment train"
approach.  Disposal and beneficial
uses of post-treated material will also
be pursued. Other components  of this
project are pilot-scale siting issues,
preliminary risk assessments, sediment
toxicity identification evaluations
(TIEs) conducted by EPA-Narragansett,
public outreach, and nonproprietary
bench-scale testing to be conducted
by the Waterways Experiment Station.

 Dredging and disposal of sediments
 from the New York/New Jersey
 Harbor are conducted  on a regular
 basis to ensure that shipping channels
 and private commercial berthing area
 depths are maintained for safe naviga-
 tion. Recently, the testing criteria
 used to determine the  suitability of
 dredged material for ocean disposal
 have become more stringent. There-
 fore, as more dredged material  is
 deemed unsuitable for ocean disposal,
 it will be necessary to develop  new
 strategies for managing the dredging
 and disposal of large volumes of
 contaminated sediment.

  Historically, most decontamination
  technologies have been developed for
  treating contaminated soils or waste-
  water, with very few tested on sedi-
  ments. The Great Lakes National
  Program Office has developed several
  treatment technologies that were
  tested primarily on freshwater sedi-
  ments as opposed to  marine and
  estuarine sediments like those found
  in the NY/NJ Harbor.

   Decontamination technologies are
   advantageous in that they reduce
   contaminant concentrations, contami-
   nant mobility, and/or toxicity  of the
   sediments. Sediments that are success-
   fully decontaminated may be accept-
   able for ocean disposal, upland

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                       United States
                       Environmental Protection
                       Agency
                     Office of Water
                     (4305)
       EPA-823-N-95-004
       Number 14
       July 1995
&EPA    Contaminated
                      Sediments  News1
  New Document Available on QA/QC
   For Dredged Material Evaluations
The USEPA document QA/QC
Guidance for Sampling and Analysis
of Sediments, Water, and Tissues for
Dredged Material Evaluations:
Chemical Evaluations, developed
jointly by EPA and the Corps of
Engineers, is now available.  This  .
quality assurance/quality control (QA/
    SERA  QA/QC Guidance for Sampling
    [?B?|  and Analysis of Sediments,
    JjJsJl*  Water, and Tissues for Dredged
    """"  Material Evaluations

         Chemical Evaluations
QC) guidance serves as a companion
document to the EPA and Army
Corps of Engineers Inland Testing
manuals for evaluating the potential
for contaminant-related impacts
associated with the discharge of
dredged material into inland and
ocean waters, respectively. The
     purposes of the QA document
     are as follows: (1) to provide
     national guidance on the
     development of quality
     assurance project plans for
     ensuring the reliability of data
     gathered to evaluate dredged
     material proposed for dis-
     charge under the Clean Water
     Act or the Marine Protection
     Research and Sanctuaries Act;
     (2) to outline procedures that
     should be followed when
     sampling and analyzing
     sediments, water, and tissues;
     and (3) to provide recom-
     mended target detection
     limits for chemicals of
     concern. This document
     pertains largely to physical
     and chemical evaluations.
     Though it is directed primarily
  Inside this issue...
 Regional Activities	2

 Focus: Public Comments on
 Sediment Management
 Strategy.	4

 Great Lakes National
 Program Off ice	8
Creature Feature	9

ASTM Update	10

Announcements	11
                              Contaminated Sediment
                                 Activities Timeline
September 18 -22 ,1995.
Multi-Regional Meeting on
Water Quality Standards and
Related Programs. San
Antonio, TX. For more
information, contact Liz
Hiett, Tetra Tech, Inc., at
(703) 385-6000.

November 5-9,1995.
Second SETAC World
Congress, Vancouver, B.C.,
Canada. The theme of this
meeting is Global Environ-
mental Protection: Science,
Politics, and Common
Sense. Abstracts are due by
May 1,1995. For more
information, call Peter
Chapman, program chair, at
(604) 986-4331 or Rod
Parrish, executive director,
at (904) 469-1500. For
information regarding
exhibits, call Karsten Liber at
(715)394-8158.

November 29 - December
1,1995.  National Sediment
Bioaccumulation Confer-
ence. Crystal City, Virginia.
(see announcement on page
2). For more information,
contact Leanne Stahl, U.S.
EPA Headquarters, at
(202)260-7055.

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 Public  Comments on
 the  Contaminated
 Sediment Strategy
Background
Information
The proposed Contaminated Sediment
Management Strategy was announced
for public comment in the August 30,
1994, Federal Register. The comment
period was extended from October
31,1994, to November 30, 1994, as
announced in the October 28, 1994,
Federal Register.

Comments were received from a wide
variety of organizations and incorpo-
rated into the Office of Water docket.
For information on the comments, call
(202)260-3027. The commenters
include state, municipal, and federal
agencies; industry; environmental
groups; public interest groups; and
others such as the National Research
Council and Tennessee Valley
Authority.

Comments

Comments from 24 state, tribal,
county, and district Agencies con-
cluded that:
The Strategy presents a useful,
comprehensive plan to coordinate
sediment issues and contains many
of the elements necessary to
address contaminated sediment
issues.

Research is needed to (1) study
links between the contaminated
sediments and point or nonpoint
sources of contamination and (2)
document and develop appropriate
solutions at individual contami-
nated sites (natural recovery may
or may not be a reasonable
remediation option).

There is general approval of EPA's
tiered testing approach to assessing
contaminated sediments.

Coastal states are concerned  about
the  applicability of hazardous
waste regulations to sediment
quality standards.

States are interested in promulgat-
ing  their own sediment quality
c*->ndards.
                                 The comments of federal agencies'
                                 (COE, DOE, FWS, USCS) include:

                                  Agencies were concerned about
                                   how the Sediment Quality Criteria
                                   (SQC) will be implemented for the
                                   dredged material program.

                                  The Strategy should promote a
                                   working relationship among
                                   involved federal agencies and a
                                   merging of related data found in
                                   several  federal databases (such as
                                   databases maintained by USCS,
                                   FWS, EPA).

                                  The relationship between clean-up
                                   levels under RCRA/CERCLA and
                                   ocean disposal of dredged mate-
                                   rial was a concern.

                                  The Strategy should include the
                                   Endangered  Species Act as a
                                   statute that affects the manage-
                                   ment of dredged material.
Comments from approxi-
mately 36 industries or
groups representing
industry generally
support the goals of
the Strategy. Other
industry comments
include:
  Questions were raised about the
  costs of sediment-quality based
  NPDES permits;

  Comments stressed the impor-
  tance of acknowledging that some
  sediment contamination may be
  historic, due to past unregulated
  point and nonpoint source
  discharges;

  Comments stressed the impor-
  tance of developing standards
  which account for site specificity
  of contamination;

  Questions were raised about the
  use of the sediment quality criteria
  to set effluent limits;

  Comments stressed the impor-
  tance of providing high quality
  data for EPA's National Sediment
  Inventory;

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    Questions were raised about the
    process that EPA program offices
    would use to implement some of the
    proposed actions discussed in the
  Responses
  EPA is developing responses to the
  comments on the Strategy; many of
  and the resulting permit limits can be
  derived from the SQC.  Site and
  chemical-specific variables will be
disposal, and/or a variety of beneficial
uses.

The objective of the project is to
identify, test, evaluate, and select
technologies for treating the contami-
nated sediments from NY/NJ Harbor.
The project is aimed at fast-track
investigations of decontamination
technologies that can be scaled up to
treat 500,000 cubic yards/year of
 Harbor sediment. The project is
 expected to be completed in December
 1996.

 Various technologies at bench-scale
 and pilot-scale levels will be evaluated
 to determine their suitability and
 potential application for use in treat-
 ment of dredged materials from the
 Harbor. Bench-scale testing will be
 conducted using laboratory-based
 equipment to treat small quantities of
 sediment (several liters). Pilot-scale
 testing will be conducted in the field to
 treat 25 cubic yards of sediment for
  each pilot demonstration, using pro-
  cesses and equipment that are scaled
  down but essentially similar to those
  used in full-scale operation.  Project
  results will be used in the formulation
  of the overall long-term approach to the
  dredging needs and environmental
  remediation of the Harbor.

  The Port Authority of New York/New
  Jersey has offered space at its Port
   Newark Marine Terminal  Facility as a
   staging area for the pilot-scale demon-
   stration.

   For more information, contact Eric
   Stern, EPA Region 2, at (212) 637-3806.

   Region 5

   I TV Steel Sediment Dredging Project
   Recommences
    Pursuant to Water Consent Decree No.
    H92-1 85, the LTV Steel, East Chicago,
    Indiana, plant initiated a Sediment
    Remediation and Disposal Project
    (SRDP) last year. The SRDP required
    LTV Steel to remove, treat, and dispose
    of all of the sediments (approximately
    150,000 cubic yards) in the plant's No.
    2 Intake. Due to weather and mechani-
    cal problems, the SRDP was tempo-
rarily stopped.  To expedite the
removal of the sediments, the SRDP
employs the simultaneous use of two
diver-assisted vacuum dredging teams
and a hydraulic
dredging rig. All of
the sediments are
pumped to a wastewater
treatment plant for solids
concentration, oil re-
moval, and water
treatment.  Concen-
trated solids are
 landfilled in an
 approved special
 waste landfill;
 recovered  oils
 are recycled
 back to the
 plant's
 waste fuel
 oil recovery system; and water
 discharges are discharged after
 coagulation/flocculation/filtration
 treatment through an NPDES permit-
 ted outfall.

  Great Lakes Contaminated
  Sediment Strategy Workshop
  Held inChicago

  A 2-day Great  Lakes Contaminated
  Sediment Strategy workshop was
  recently held
  in Chicago
  to bring to-
  gether various
  stakeholders in the
   Great Lakes Basin
   and develop
   recommendations to expedite the
   process for remediating contaminated
   sediments in the Great Lakes. The
   workshop was sponsored by USEPA
   Region 5 and  the Great Lakes Na-
   tional Program Office.

   More than 75 participants represent-
   ing federal, state, industry, municipal,
   environmental, port authority, and
    local government interests attended
   the workshop. Attendees participated
    in two of eight total breakout sessions
    to address specific questions on
    contaminated sediments. The
    breakout sessions included  Garnering
    Local Support, CDFs and Dredged
    Material Management, Economics,
    Regulatory Approaches and Barriers,
Public/Private Partnerships,
Remediation Technologies, Clean-up
Goals and Objectives, and What's
Missing (a "catch-all category".

                A proceedings of the
                workshop will be
               available in the near
              future.  For more
             information on the
           workshop or to receive the
          proceedings, contact Linda
         Hoist, EPA Region 5, at (3 12)
       886-6758, or Marc Tuchman,
      GLNPO,at(312)353-1369.


   Region 10

 Sediment Management Annual
 Review Meeting (SMARM)

 The seventh annual review meeting
 for the Puget Sound Dredged
  Disposal Analysis (PSDDA) Program
  was jointly held with the State of
  Washington's Sediment Manage-
  ment Standards (SMS) first Triennial
  Review process on May 3-4, 1995,
  in  Tacoma, Washington.  About
  1 30 persons attended the two-day
  meeting. The PSDAA Program and
  SMS group presented  to the public
  a number of issues and manage-
  ment clarifications under consider-
  ation for implementation. Three
  issue papers were presented by
  members of the public and will also
   be considered.  During the course
   of the  meeting, the public raised 19
   technical and policy  issues to
   which PSDDA or the SMS group
   will respond. An annual review
   summary package was prepared
   and distributed in late March.
   Minutes of the meeting are being
   prepared and are expected to be
   distributed in July to those who
   attended or who received the
   March mailing.  To receive the
   minutes or a copy of the summary
   package, please write to: Dredged
   Material Management Office, Corps
   of Engineers, PO Box 3755, Seattle,
   WA 981 24-2255. For more infor-
    mation, contact the Region 1 0
    Sediment Management Program
    (John Malek, (206)553-1 286; Justine
    Barton, (206)553-4974).
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However, EPA examines a variety of
data including discharge, monitoring,
and nonpoint source assessments prior
to recommending remediation or
other actions. This work has been
completed for some studies.

From past and ongoing research, EPA
has found:

 The bioaccumulative chemicals of
  concern discharged today are the
  same as those in the Great Lakes;

 The same contaminants occurring in
 fish at 50% or more sites in the
 1993 National Chemical Residue
 Report are the same as those being
 discharged today; and

 The same contaminants that trigger
 fish advisories nationwide (1994
 National Fish Consumption Advi-
 sory Database) are the same con-
 taminants dishcharged today.

A modeling study funded by the
Office of Water shows that up to 50
percent of the large discharging
NPDES-permitted facilities and 30
percent of small dischargers (design
flow < 1 MCD) currently regulated by
water-quality based permits would
exceed sediment quality criteria,
especially for bioaccumulative
organic chemicals (1992 EPA Office
of Wastewater Management Study).
Additionally, comparison of contami-
nated site and current point source
releases shows the same problem
watersheds and chemicals of concern
(1994 National Sediment Inventory:
Preliminary Evaluation). For more
information contact jane Marshall
Farris, EPA OST, at (202) 260-8897.
                       Schedule for Developing the Final Strategy
                                      and  Supporting Tools
    Document/Activity
          Milestone
    Contaminated Sediment
    Management Strategy Response
    to Comments
   Summary responses printed
   in Federal Register
                      ^
  Expected Time Frame
  Early fall 1995; complete
  document available on
  request
     Final Contaminated Sediment
     Management Strategy
   Announced in Federal Register      Early fall 1995
     EPA User's Guide for Sediment
     Quality Criteria Implementation
   Two volumes in process
   Drafts will be developed
   in winter (FY 96)
     National Sediment Inventory
    National Sediment Contaminant
    Point Source Inventory

    The final National Sediment
    Inventory Report to Congress

    The Nonpoint Source Inventory
    Report
                                                                         Will soon be available
                                                                         Early 1996
                                                                         In progress
     Standardized Test Methods
    Standard acute test methods for
    assessing the toxicity of sediment-
    associated contaminants with
    freshwater invertebrates and
    estuarine and marine amphipods

    Chronic test methods research
   Available (USEPAJune! 994)
                                                                          Ongoing

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(Region 10 continued)
Coordinated Sediment Management
Program
       How can agencies facilitate sedi-
       ment cleanup under the existing
       legal framework?
    an environmental and economic
    concern in Puget Sound since the
    1970s. As more information became
    available about sediment contamina-
    tion, agencies and the general public
    became
    concerned
    about how to
    dispose of such
    sediments
    dredged for
    navigation,
    cleanup,
    aquatic restora-
    tion, and
    waterfront
    development.
    The Puget
   Sound Dredged
   Disposal
   Analysis
   (PSDDA)
   Program,
   implemented  in
   1989, led to establishment of open-
   water disposal sites for relatively
   uncontaminated sediment. Following
   completion of PSDDA, attention
  turned to the handling of sediments
  that are not suitable for unconfined,
  open-water disposal.  In May 1994'an
  Interagency governmental Agreement
  (IAC) was signed by two federal and
  three state agencies (Region 10, EPA-
  Seattle District, Corps of Engineers; '
  and Washington  State Departments of
  Ecology and Natural Resources and
  Puget Sound Water Quality Authority)
  to address sediment issues more
  comprehensively and cooperatively
  Three tasks (Sediment Cleanup Work
  Group, Beneficial Uses Work Croup
 and Multi-User Dispoal Site) were
 identified as requiring immediate
 attention by the five agencies.

 The Sediment Cleanup Work Group
 was convened in July 1994.  Com-
 posed of representatives from ports
 industries, tribes, environmental
groups, local governments, and
federal and state agencies, the Work
Croup was asked to address three
questions:
                                       urban waterfront sediment clean-
                                       ups?

                                       What are some possibilities for
                                       changing the legal scheme for
                                                      cleanup of
                                                      contaminated
                                                      sediments?
                    Establishing sites for
                    the disposal of con-
                    taminated sediments
                    is an essential compo-
                   nent of the Puget
                   Sound Water Quality
                   Management Plan
                     The Work Croup
                     developed seven
                     consensus recom-
                     mendations
                     addressing the first
                     question, and a
                     number of pos-
                     sible solutions
                     were identified
                     relative to the
                     funding question.
                     The five agencies
                     have been consid-
                    ering the Work
                    Croup's recom-
   mendations and have provided
   descriptions of ongoing and new
   initiatives as they relate to the recom-
   mendations.  In addition, the agencies
   are discussing development of an
   interagency program (1) to produce
  consensus technical guidelines
  regarding sediment cleanups and
  related actions and (2) to undertake a
  demonstration cleanup project
  focused through a baywide planning
  approach. (Contacts: Rachel
  Friedman-Thomas, Ecology, (360)407-
  6909; John Malek, Region 10
  (206)553-1286)

 The Beneficial Uses Work Croup was
 convened in January 1995. The Work
 Croup is composed of representatives
 from ports, tribes, local governments,
 and federal and state agencies.  Its
 charge is to compile and examine
 existing policies and procedures
 affecting beneficial uses of dredged
 material. The Work Croup will
 identify conflicts and limitations and
 make recommendations to the Agency
 Directors for resolution. An attempt
will be made to facilitate beneficial
uses in the context of existing agency
     authorities and programs, including
     PSDDA. The Work Croup has met
     twice to date.  (Contacts:  Justine
     Barton, Region 10, (206)553-4974;
     Stephanie Sterling, Corps, (206)764-
     6945)

     The Multi-User Disposal Site (MUDS)
     task received a significant boost
     through the efforts of Ecology, the
     PSWQA, and Senator Slade Gorton
     Fiscal year 1995 funds were appropri-
    ated by Congress to the Corps to
    conduct a Reconnaissance Study. A
    study management MUDS  Work
    Croup has been established to
    coordinate preparation of the Corps's
    reconnaissance report and action plan
    for establishment of one of more
    multi-user sites for disposal of con-
    taminated sediments. Six agencies are
    involved in the effort: Corps, EPA
    Ecology,  DNR, PSWQA, and Wash-
    ington Public Ports Association
   (WPPA).

   The time line for the MUDS effort is  as
   follows:

    October 1995 - Reconnaissance
     Report to Corps Headquarters for
     review.

    December 1995 - Study Plan and
    Study Cost Sharing Agreement to
    agencies and Corps Headquarters
    for approval.

  Spring 1996-Corps and study
    sponsors sign Cost Sharing Agree-
    ment and initiate multi-user sedi-
    ment disposal site program  develop-
    ment (feasibility) study.

 Establishing sites for the disposal of
 contaminated sediments is an essen-
 tial component of the Puget Sound
 Water Quality Management Plan,
 which was approved by EPA in 1991
 as the Federal Comprehensive Conser-
 vation and Management Plan for
 Puget Sound under the Clean Water
 Act National Estuary Program.  The
 Reconnaissance Report and associated
 documentation will serve as the basis
 for decisions at the federal and state
 level on how to proceed with detailed
planning, design, and mechanisms for
future siting,  construction and man-

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agement, and potential funding sources.
(Contacts: Steven Babcock, Corps,
(206)764-3651; John Malek, Region 1 0,
(206)553-1286)

Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay
Dredged Material Management Study

In 1991, the Seattle District, Corps of
Engineers; Region 10, EPA; and Wash-
ington Departments of Ecology and
Natural Resources agreed on the need
to ensure adequate
controls and
public account-
ability for disposal
of sediments at
designated estua-
rine and ocean
dredged material
disposal sites at
Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay, Wash-
ington.  An interagency study was
initiated to develop comprehensive
dredged material evaluation procedures
and to formulate disposal site manage-
ment plans for both estuaries.

The goal of the study was to establish a
cooperative program, modeled after the
PSDDA program in Puget Sound, that
would provide the basis for publicly
acceptable guidelines governing the
environmentally safe disposal of
dredged material. This would improve
consistency and predictability in
dredged material permitting and
 management.  The Corps and EPA will
 "identify" existing estuarine sites in
 both agencies using the 230.80 ad-
 vanced identification process; current
 ocean sites have been formally desig-
 nated by EPA.

 A draft manual was released for public
 review in late summer 1994, and
 revisions pursuant to comments from
 the public were completed in February
 1995. The manual just completed final
 review and has been submitted to the
 directors of the agencies for final
 approval.  The agencies expect to
 formally implement the program this
 summer.

  For more information, contact the
  Region 10 Sediment Management
  Program  (John Malek, (206)553-1286;
 Justine Barton, (206)553-4974).
         Great  Lakes  National
                Program  Office
The Assessment and Remediation
of Contaminated Sediments (ARCS)
Program, authorized in the 1987
amendments to the Clean'water
Act, completed its 6-year study and
demonstration  projects in Decem-
ber 1993. Since then many  reports
summarizing the results of the work
conducted under the ARCS  pro-
gram have been published.  The
ARCS Final Summary  Report, the
ARCS Assessment  Guidance
Document, the ARCS  Risk Assess-
ment and Modeling Overview
Document, and the ARCS
Remediation Guidance Document
are intended as guidance for the
Great Lakes states and local Area of
Concern (AOC) stakeholders.
However, the tools and methodolo-
gies developed during the ARCS
Program and described in these
guidance documents  will have
applicability on a  national  level as
well. A short summary of the key
guidance documents  is provided
below, and a full  list  of documents
listed is provided  in the table on
page 9.

The ARCS Final Summary Report is
the ARCS Report to Congress.  It
 includes an overview of all of the
 ARCS Program activities and was
transmitted from the  EPA Adminis-
trator to the Congress on October
 24, 1994.

 The ARCS Assessment Guidance
 Document describes the integrated
 sediment assessment approach
 used during the ARCS Program.
 The document has chapters de-
 scribing QA/QC,  sediment sample
 collection, chemical  analyses,
 biological analyses (including a
 recommended suite  of toxicity
 tests, benthic community surveys,
 and tumor/abnormality surveys),
 and data interpretation (including
 mapping, ranking, and comparison
 to sediment quality values).
The ARCS Risk Assessment and
Modeling Overview Document
provides the framework for conduct-
ing risk assessments and mass
balance modeling activities that
provide estimates of potential
changes in exposure and risk that
might occur either under a no-action
alternative or following the imple-
mentation of various remedial
alternatives for contaminated
sediments (e.g., dredging treatment,
etc.).

The ARCS Remediation Guidance
Document provides a process for
developing a remedial alternative
(including a decision-making
strategy, defining project objectives,
screening technologies, preliminary
designs, selecting a preferred
alternative, and final design and
implementation). The document
provides descriptions of available
technologies, cost information, and
predictions of contaminant losses
during implementation of the
remedial alternative.

For information about the ARCS
Program, contact Marc Tuchman at
(312)353-1369. To receive copies of
any document, contact Susan Dykes,
 LAI contractor, at (31 2)886-6049 or
sdykes@gesl.rO5.epa.gov.
   CS News is produced by EPA OST to
   exchange information on contaminated
   sediments and to increase communication
   among interested parties. To obtain copies
   of this report or to contribute information,
   contact Jane Marshall Farris, EPA OST, mail
   code 4305, at (202) 260-8897.

   To be added to the mailing list or to make
   changes to your address, please fax your
   request to Melissa Bowen,  Tetra Tech, at
   (703) 385-6007.

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                                   ARCS  Publication  Request
                                                                              Title
                                                                      Remediation Options for the Buffalo River
                             Assessment and Remediation of Contaminatetin
                             Assessment Guidance Document
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                      ASTM  Update
             ASTM Subcommittee E47.03 Develops New and
           Revised Standards for Evaluating Sediment Toxicity

The status of several ASTM standards for evaluating the toxicity and bioaccumulation of
sediment-associated contaminants was discussed at the meeting of ASTM Subcommittee
E47 03 on Sediment Toxicology in Denver, Colorado, on April 4, 1995.  New and revised
standards to be published in the ASTM 1995 Annual Book of Standards, Volume 11.05,
include the following guides or test methods:

1   E1391 -94 Standard Guide for Collection, Storage, Characterization, and Manipulation
    of Sediment for Toxicological Testing.  Task Group Chair: Allen Burton, Wright State
    University, Dayton, OH, 513/873-2201, e-mail: aburton@desire.wnght.edu.

2   E1525-94a Standard Guide for Designing Biological Tests with Sediment:  Annex 3 on
    Reference Toxicant Testing. Task Group: Janet Lamberson, USEPA, Newport,  OR,
    503/867-4043 and Jim Dwyer; NBS, Columbia, MO, 314/875-5399, e-mail:
    dwyerj @ mail.fws.gov.

3   E1611 -94 Standard  Guide for Conducting Sediment Toxicity Tests with Marine and
    Estuarine Polychaetous Annelids.  Task Group Chair: Don Reish,  California State
    University-Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 310/985-4846.

4   E1676-95 Standard Guide for Conducting Soil Toxicity Tests with Earthworms. Task
    Group Chair:  Dave  Wilborn, Mantech, Corvallis, OR, 503/754-4600.

 5   E1688-95 Standard Guide for Determination of the Bioaccumulation of Sediment-
    associated Contaminants by Benthic Invertebrates. Task Group Chair: Peter
    Landrum, GLERL, NOAA, Ann Arbor, Ml, 313/741-2235, e-mail: landrum@glerl.noaa.
    gov.

 6  E1706-95a Standard Test Methods for Measuring the Toxicity of Sediment-associated
    Contaminants with Freshwater Invertebrates. Task Group Chair:  Chris Ingersoll,
    NBS, Columbia, MO, 314/875-5399, e-mail:  ingersollc@mail.fws.gov.

 The Subcommittee also discussed the status of several additional documents including:
 (1) a revision to E1367-92  on marine and estuarine sediment toxicity testing with amphi-
 pods, (2) bioaccumulation testing with fish, (3)  toxicity testing with luminescent bacteria,
 and (4) toxicity testing with echinoderms and mollusks.

 The next Subcommittee meeting will be held before the 2nd SETAC World Conference,
 Saturday November 4,  1995 at the Sutton Place  Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia.
 Future directions for the Subcommittee to be discussed at this upcoming Subcommittee
 meeting will include developing standards on chronic toxicity testing and sediment toxicity
 identification evaluation (TIE) procedures. Please contact Susan Canning with ASTM at
 (215)299-5490 or Chris Ingersoll at (314)875-5399 if you would like more information
 concerning the Subcommittee meeting or if you would like more information on activities of
 the Subcommittee. Please contact the Task Group Chairs listed above if you would like a
 copy of the most recent draft of the documents or if you would like to  participate in a Task
 Group.  We hope to see you in Vancouver.
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     SAB Review on the  Sediment
               Metals Approach

  On June 15, EPA received the first Draft Consensus
  Report from the SAB on the review of the Sediment
  Metals Approach.  The Executive Board is meeting
  m July and will review the draft report at that time.
  It is expected to be  approved and a final report will
  promptly follow. Details of the findings will appear
  in the next issue of  CS News.
                    National Listing of Fish
                    Consumption Advisories
  One of the functions of the USEPA's Fish Contamination
  Program is to serve as a clearing house for information related
  to fish contamination issues. This includes the development
  and management of a national database for fish advisory
  information, provided to the USEPA by the states  This
  database, called the National Listing of Fish Consumption
  Advisories (NLFCA), has recently been updated to reflect all
  active 1994 advisories. Users will be able to query the database
  for information such as type of advisory (restricted consump-
  tion, ban, etc),  species of fish included in the advisory
 chemical included in the advisory, population affected'
 geographic description (landmarks, river miles, and lat-long
 coordinate points), dates of issue, state contact name and phone
 number, and much more. The NLFCA software is also capable
 of generating maps at the national, regional, state state
 quadrant, or individual advisory level.  The NLFCA is PC based
 and will be distributed on four 3.5" diskettes in early July 1995
 Those who have previously requested copies of the guidance
 document titled Guidance For Assessing Chemical Contaminant
 Data For Use in Fish Advisories will automatically receive a
 copy of the NLFCA. Future annual updates  will be provided to
 all who receive the NFLCA. If you have not previously
 eiVp6? ^ of thls Suld
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