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Region 5 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 5 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.

Region 5 - Chicago (serving IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI)

Document Name
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Original Issue Date Date Added to this List Identifier Topic Description/Summary
Restoring United States Areas of Concern: Delisting Principles and Guidelines - December 2001 (PDF) (29 pp, 61 K, About PDF) posted on AOC Delisting Principles and Guidelines - 2001 2001-12-06 2020-02-28 905-Region-2001-0001 Great Lakes Areas of Concern How to formally delist AOCs and restoring and maintaining beneficial uses
Region 5 Guidance 1: Casing and Cementing Policy for Substandard Class II Injection Wells (PDF) (1 pg, 136 K, About PDF
posted on EPA Region 5 Guidance for Deep Injection Wells
1986-06-20 2020-02-28 905-Region-1986-0001

Underground Injection Control

Any well which does not have sufficient cement to isolate and protect USDWs will be considered to have substandard construction. Upon this consideration, EPA will require squeeze cementing to isolate injection zones and USDWs pursuant to 40 CFR 146.22(b)
Region 5 Guidance 3: Determination of Underground Sources of Drinking Water (PDF(3 pp, 17 K, About PDF)
posted on EPA Region 5 Guidance for Deep Injection Wells
1987-02-05 2020-02-28 905-Region-1987-0001 Underground Injection Control Protect USDWs from contamination that may adversely effect human health. Information on the specific location of USDWs is lacking for the EPA administered UIC Programs in Michigan and Indiana. R5 needs to collect information on USDW locations.
Region 5 Guidance 4: Plugging and Abandoning Injection Wells Class I-V (PDF)(12 pp, 121 K, About PDF)
posted on EPA Region 5 Guidance for Deep Injection Wells
1994-12-22 2020-02-28 905-Region-1994-0001 Underground Injection Control Procedures are provided to establish proper plugging and abandonment (P&A) procedures for injection wells in direct implementation (DI) states, for assisting states with primacy, and for operators.
Region 5 Guidance 5: Determination of the Mechanical Integrity of Injection Wells (PDF) (27 pp, 231 K, About PDF) 
posted on EPA Region 5 Guidance for Deep Injection Wells
2008-02-01 2020-02-28 905-Region-2008-0001 Underground Injection Control An injection well has mechanical integrity if: (1) there is no significant leak in the casing, tubing, or packer; and (2) there is no significant fluid movement into an USDW through vertical channels adjacent to the injection well bore.
Regional Guidance #6: Ambient Pressure Monitoring: Planning, Executing and Reporting Pressure Transient Tests (PDF(9 pp, 136 K, About PDF) 
posted on EPA Region 5 Guidance for Deep Injection Wells
1990-11-20 2020-02-28 905-Region-1990-0001 Underground Injection Control Ambient pressure monitoring is required by 40 CFR Part 146. The extent of the monitoring will be determined by the susceptibility for fluid movement at that site, but there is a minimum requirement that a pressure falloff test be conducted each year.
Region 5 Guidance 7: Determination of Maximum Injection Pressure for Class I Wells (PDF) (9 pp, 112 K, About PDF)
posted on EPA Region 5 Guidance for Deep Injection Wells
1994-01-02 2020-02-28 905-Region-1994-0002 Underground Injection Control Maximum injection pressures should be less than or equal to the fracture closure pressure of the injection interval so no new fractures can form, existing fractures can't open, and neither can transmit fluids out of the injection interval.
Region 5 Guidance 8: Preparing a Waste Analysis Plan at Class I Injection Well Facilities (PDF) (8 pp, 45 K, About PDF)
posted on EPA Region 5 Guidance for Deep Injection Wells
1994-01-21 2020-02-28 905-Region-1994-0003 Underground Injection Control Operators are required to monitor/analyze fluids with sufficient frequency to yield representative data and shall develop/follow an approved written waste analysis plan.
Region 5 Guidance: Field Rules Fracture Pressure Pressure Gradient Values for Certain Oil Fields in Michigan (PDF) (2 pp, 179 K, About PDF)
posted on EPA Region 5 Guidance for Deep Injection Wells
1993-12-16 2020-02-28 905-Region-1993-0001 Underground Injection Control Region 5 UIC published fracture gradients for specific oil fields in Michigan. Class IIR wells located within these designated fields may use the published fracture gradient in place of the default value of 0.80.
Region 5 Guidance: UIC Land Ban Instruction Sheet (PDF) (55 pp, 276 K, About PDF 
posted on EPA Region 5 Guidance for Deep Injection Wells
2006-07-20 2020-02-28 905-Region-2006-0001 Underground Injection Control Information sheet for owner/operators of class 1HQ injection wells who are submitting simultaneous applications for permits and petitions for exemptions from the RCRA land ban or new demonstrations for existing exemptions
Region 5 Guidance: Supplemental Guidelines for Plans and Operations of Monitoring Wells at Class I Injection Facilities (PDF) (20 pp, 186 K, About PDF)
posted on EPA Region 5 Guidance for Deep Injection Wells
1991-02-28 2020-02-28 905-Region-1991-0001 Underground Injection Control Topics that must be addressed in ground water monitoring plans (GWMPs) and requirements for operating monitoring wells. GWMP must be approved before drilling and construction of a monitoring well, and guidelines on fluid sampling and pressure monitoring.
Implementation of the Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2002 2006-05-01 2020-02-28 FRL-8163-8 Great Lakes Legacy Act This action is intended to outline EPA’s process for identification, evaluation, selection, and implementation of projects for funding under the Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2002 (also referred as GLLA or the Legacy Act). 
Great Lakes Dredged Material Testing and Evaluation Manual 1998-09-30 2020-02-28


Great Lakes sediments This manual presents guidance on testing and evaluation for proposed discharges of dredged material into the United States waters of the Great Lakes Basin.
On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool 2013-10-30 2020-02-28 EPA-560-K-13002 Large-Scale Residential Demolition  For use by cities, counties or land banks undertaking large-scale residential demolitions to anticipate and learn how to factor environmental issues into the planning and procurement process. 
Region 5 Land and Chemical Division TSCA and GLNPO Sediment Remediation MOA 2015-08-17 2020-02-28 905-Region-2015-0001

Great Lakes Areas of Concern, sediments

The MOA describes the process for developing cleanup goals for sites that have TSCA contamination (PCBs> 50 ppm) in sediment to for GLLA projects to ensure compliance with TSCA and to allow for easier review and coordination with the TSCA program.
U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern Delisting Process 2019-02-01 2020-02-28 905-Region-2019-0002 Great Lakes Areas of Concern This document outlines the revised delisting process and supersedes the “Process to Complete Formal Delisting of an AOC” section of the 2001 document.
A Four Agency Framework of Roles and Responsibilities for Implementation of the
Detroit River, St. Clair River and St. Marys River Areas of Concern Shared Remedial Action Plans
2000-02-02 2020-02-28 905-Region-2000-0001 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Document has been updated (but revised version has not yet been finalized).  The letter identifies roles and responsibilities of the Four Agencies for the three shared
AOCs, details commitments and strategies and highlights the importance of leadership.
Data Management within the Region 5 Remedial Program 2016-12-19 2020-02-28 905-Region-2016-0001 Data Management, Data Communication, Electronic Data Deliverable, EDD, Data Sharing, Data Evaluation, Data Management Plans The memo provides for an evaluation of how we receive, store, and process data to allow for the cataloging, interpreting, and publishing of very large amounts of data efficiently and consistently.
Data Management and Communication at Residential Properties 2017-09-05 2020-02-28 905-Region-2017-0001 Data Management, Data Communication, Residential Sample Results This memo communicates the expectations for communicating residential sample results and the resources available to aid in those efforts.
Recommendation to Concur with Procedures for Site Characterization at Federal Expense under the Great Lakes Legacy Reauthorization Act 2019-10-15 2020-02-28 905-Region-2019-0001 Great Lakes Legacy Act

Memo with procedures for conducting site characterizations at 100% Federal expense under the GLLRA

Framework for State Engagement in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative 2017-08-22 2020-02-28 905-Region-2017-0002 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative This framework relies on and expands on the partnerships between federal agencies and states to enhance opportunities to communicate, collaborate and consult.  
Procedures for Addressing Potential 1,4-Dioxane Contamination at Region 5 Superfund Remedial Sites 2019-12-12 2020-02-28 905-Region-2019-0003 Superfund, 1,4-Dioxane contamination, risk assessment, routine analytical services, detection limit, chlorinated solvents, groundwater, waste water, landfill leachate This memo discusses why and when 1,4-dioxane should be analyzed for at Superfund remedial sites and how to respond to results received.
Region 5 Vapor Intrusion Guidebook 2010-10-30 2020-02-28 905-Region-2010-0001 Vapor Intrusion, Site Identification, Removal Actions, Cross Program Coordination, Site Screening, Sampling Strategy, Community Outreach, Sampling Methodology and Procedures, Decision Making, Mitigation, Post-Mitigation Issues Lessons learned and best practices regarding the process for evaluating the VI pathway at sites in Region 5.
Region 5 Drinking Water Monitoring Trigger Levels 2010-11-23 2020-02-28 905-Region-2010-0002 Semivolatile Organic Contaminant (SOC) trigger levels Reviewed and revised, as needed, R5 SOC trigger levels established in July 2006.
Region 5 Guidelines for Class I Well Monitoring Plans (PDF) (10 pp, 89 K, About PDF) posted on EPA Region 5 Guidance for Deep Injection Wells 1989-10-01 2020-02-28 905-Region-1989-0001 Class I, groundwater monitoring, Underground Injection Control These guidelines informed operators of the topics that must be addressed in ground water monitoring plans (GWMPs) and explained requirements for operating monitoring wells. The document also informed operators that a GWMP must be approved before an operator may begin drilling and construction of a monitoring well, and provided some guidelines on fluid sampling and pressure monitoring.
A Guidance Manual to Support the Assessment of Contaminated Sediments in Freshwater Ecosystems(PDF) (136 pp, 1.7 MB, About PDF) 2002-12-01 2020-02-28 EPA-905-B02-001-B Contaminated Sediments; Freshwater Ecosystems A Guidance Manual to Support the Assessment of Contaminated Sediments in Freshwater Ecosystems, Volume II - Design and Implementation of Sediment Quality Investigations 
Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediments (ARCS) Program; Guidance for In-Situ Subaqueous Capping of Contaminated Sediments (PDF) (147 pp, 7.2 MB, About PDF) 1998-09-01 2020-02-28 EPA-905-B96-004 Remediation; Contaminated Sediments; (ARCS) Program; In-Situ Subaqueous Capping Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediments (ARCS) Program. Guidance for In-Situ Subaqueous Capping of Contaminated Sediments
Application of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Principles to Ecological Restoration Project Monitoring 2019-04-01 2020-02-28 EPA-905-K-19-001 Great Lakes Monitoring Guidelines collaboratively developed by the U.S. EPA, U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help implement effective quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) strategies for monitoring ecological restoration projects conducted under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  

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