CERCLA and Superfund


CERCLA: Background and Purpose

GeoInsight’s corporate focus of strategic thinking and practical problem solving is particularly well-aligned to this complex, high-stakes service sector. In 1980, Congress passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) to provide a framework and mechanism for addressing significant historical releases of oil and hazardous material. Because the law initially included a tax on chemical feedstock to create a fund to help address “orphan” waste sites, the law became known as “Superfund.”


When You Are a Potentially Responsible Party, You Need the Best of the Best

The Superfund program has been generally used to address the “worst of the worst” when it comes to waste sites. We are here to guide you through the Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) experience and minimize its stress and stigma. Because Superfund projects typically have many moving parts, they are subject to appreciable regulatory requirements, protocols, and guidance. Consequently, these projects tend to be technically complex and have significant regulatory involvement. GeoInsight has worked on numerous Superfund sites across New England and is an effective ally when it comes to responding to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) or state officials on your behalf.


Trusted Third-Party Review Services

Because of our strong working knowledge of USEPA protocols, we are often retained to review and comment on work completed by others, and evaluate the validity of associated conclusions.


GeoInsight’s CERCLA and Superfund Services Include:

  • Superfund document review
  • Regulatory negotiations – consent orders, statement of work
  • Development of work plans and project operation plans
  • Development of, and conversancy with, quality assurance/quality control, and data validation
  • Pre-design investigations
  • Remedial investigations and feasibility studies
  • Risk characterization, including ecological risk assessment
  • Remedial design, construction, and system operation
  • Removal actions
  • Public meetings and presentations
  • Providing technical assistance to PRP groups, and
  • Assisting with internal PRP group cost allocation and recovery efforts.

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