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Region 1 Guidance Documents

This page displays a list of all guidance documentsHelpGuidance DocumentsAgency statements of general applicability, intended to have future effects on the behavior of regulated parties, that set forth a policy on a statutory, regulatory, or technical issue, or an interpretation of a statute or regulation, with some exceptions as detailed in E.O. 13891, Section 2(b). managed by EPA's Region 1 office. EPA's guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, unless expressly authorized by statute or incorporated into a contract. The agency may not cite, use, or rely on any guidance that is not posted on this website, except to establish historical facts.

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Region 1 - Boston (serving CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT)

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Original Issue Date Date Added to this List Identifier Topic Description/Summary
Standing Order Authorizing Filing and Service by E-mail in Proceedings Before the Region 1 Regional Judicial Officer (PDF) (3 pp, 129 K) 2014-10-09 2020-02-28 01-2015-0001 Administrative pleadings; email submissions of motions This standing order authorizes the electronic submission of motions submitted to the Regional Judicial Officer after a complaint has been filed under 40 C.F.R. Part 22.
Standing Order Authorizing the Acceptance of Respondent Signatures on Consent Agreements and Final Orders and Expedited Settlement Agreements Received by Complainant in Portable Document Format or Facsimile (PDF) (2 pp, 73K) 2018-04-10 2020-02-28 01-2018-0027 Submitting documents to the Regional Judicial Officer; administrative settlements This standing order allows the use of PDF or facsimile to convey signatures on Consent Agreements and Final Orders and Expedited Settlement Agreements submitted to the Regional Judicial Officer.
Revised Alternative Cap Design Guidance Proposed for Unlined, Hazardous Waste Landfills in the EPA Region I (PDF) (17 pp, 250 K) 2001-02-05 2020-02-28 901-SEMD-B-01-001 Superfund cover or cap systems for superfund landfill sites This technical memorandum provides guidance for the design of a cover or cap system for unlined, hazardous waste landfills at Superfund landfill sites in New England.

Groundwater Use and Value Determination Guidance. A Resource-Based Approach to Decision Making (PDF) (11 pp, 54 K)

1996-04-03 2020-02-28 901-SEMD-B-96-001 Ground water clean-up, Comprehensive Ground Water Strategy, Superfund Beneficial Reuse Initiative This guidance document incorporates the resource-based considerations used in EPA's Comprehensive Ground Water Protection Strategy by establishing an approach for determining the relative "use" and "value" of site ground water resources and how it affects EPA-New England’s ground water remedial decision making process.
Clean and Greener Policy for Contaminated Sites; EPA Region 1 Office of Site Remediation and Restoration (PDF) (1 pg, 248 K) 2012-02-14 2020-02-28 901-SEMD-B-12-001 Green Remediation; Environmental Footprint This guidance document promotes strategies and practices that reduce the environmental footprint during cleanup and restoration activities, to the extent feasible and consistent with applicable statutes, regulations and guidance.

Region 1 Regional Contingency Plan, Appendix 2, Region 1 In-situ Burning Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) (122 pp, 7.7 MB)

1998-05-19 2020-02-28 901-SEMD-B-98-001 In-Situ Burn This Memorandum of Understanding signed by EPA, USCG, DOC NOAA, DOI and the five of the six New England States defines parameters for use of In-Situ burn as a response tool.
Region 1 Regional Contingency Plan, SECTION 4: Regional Response Policies, Paragraph F, Dispersant and In-Situ Burning Monitoring Program (PDF) (162 pp, 7.6 MB) 2006-08-01 2020-02-28 901-SEMD-B-06-001 Chemical dispersants; In-Situ Burn; SMART This guidance document (Section 4) details a monitoring program for in-situ burning and dispersants on oil spills to help the Command make operational decisions.
EPA New England Bacterial Tracking Protocol (PDF) (20 pp, 4.2 MB) 2012-01-01 2020-02-28 901-ECAD-B-12-001 Bacterial Source Tracking This guidance document provides the framework for bacterial source tracking sample events. It contains the recommended approach for watershed association, municipal and state personnel.
Standard Operating Procedure for Sampling Porous Surfaces for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) 2011-05-23 2020-02-28 901-LCRD-B-11-001 PCBs; sampling techniques This Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is suitable for collection of a porous matrix sample for analysis of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). This SOP describes sampling techniques for both hard and soft porous surfaces.
Region 1 - EPA New England Environmental Data Review Program Guidance  (PDF) (16 pp, 458 K) 2018-06-01 2020-02-28 EQAPG_DataReview1 QA; reviewing environmental data This guidance document provides the framework for reviewing environmental data collected by and for Region 1.
Region 1 - EPA New England Environmental Data Review Supplement for Region 1 Data Review Elements and Superfund Specific Guidance/Procedures (PDF) (68 pp, 1.1 MB) 2018-06-01 2020-02-28 EQADR–Supplement1 QA; reviewing environmental data This guidance document is intended to be used in conjunction with the Region 1 - EPA New England Environmental Data Review Program Guidance.
Regional Implementation Manual (RIM) for the Evaluation of Dredged Material Proposed for Disposal in New England Waters (PDF) (62 pp, 291 K) 2004-04-00 2020-02-28 901-WD-B-04-001 Dredged Material Management; Ocean Disposal This manual provides guidance for applicants proposing open-water disposal of dredged material in New England waters under the authorities of Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
Self-Implementing Alternative Dilution Water Guidance (PDF) (8 pp, 782 K) 2007-03-01 2020-02-28 901-WD-B-07-001 WET testing This guidance document was prepared for NPDES Permittees to clarify Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing, monitoring and reporting requirements.
Reassessment of Technology Based Industrial Discharge Limits (PDF) (9 pp, 1.7 MB) 2004-07-00 2020-02-28 901-WD-B-04-002 Pre-Treatment This guidance document assists POTWs with approved Pre-Treatment programs in evaluating whether their existing technology based local limits need revision.
User Guide for the BMP Accounting and Tracking Tool (BATT) (PDF) (34 pp, 1.2 MB) 2016-06-28 2020-02-28 901-WD-B-16-001 NPDES/Stormwater This user guide supports MA and NH MS4 communities in using the BATT tool to develop reports to comply with permit requirements for phosphorus control plans.  The tool  allows users to generate reports to demonstrate progress and permit compliance.
Optimization Tool (Opti-Tool) User Guide (PDF) (55 pp, 3.2 MB) 2016-06-30 2020-02-28 901-WD-B-16-002 NPDES/Stormwater This user guide was developed to support MA and NH  communities and  others in using Opti-Tool to develop SW management plans and water quality goals for MS4 permit requirements, including cumulative pollutant load performance estimates (TP, TN, TSS and ZN) for a variety of stormwater control measures with varying design capacities and cost information.
Stormwater Best Management Practices Performance Analysis (PDF) (232 pp, 3.1 MB) 2010-03-01 2020-02-28 901-WD-B-10-001 NPDES/Stormwater This BMP Performance Analysis documents the modeling approaches and calibration results used for developing long-term cumulative performance curves that provide estimates of cumulative pollutant load reductions (TP, TSS, Zn) for a variety of stormwater control measures with varying design capacities.
NPDES Permit Sludge Compliance Guidance (PDF) (70 pp, 539 K) 1999-11-04 2020-02-28 901-WD-B-99-001 Biosolids This guidance document enables permittees to determine appropriate conditions applicable to their biosolids use or disposal practice.

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