Cost estimating for CERCLA remedial alternatives a unit cost methodology

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Guidance for Conducting Remedial Investigations and Feasibility Studies Under CERCLA, Interim Final, dated October 1988 (EPA 1988) requires a detailed analysis be conducted of the most promising remedial alternatives against several evaluation criteria, including cost. To complete the detailed analysis, order-of-magnitude cost estimates (having an accuracy of +50 percent to -30 percent) must be developed for each remedial alternative. This paper presents a methodology for developing cost estimates of remedial alternatives comprised of various technology and process options with a wide range of estimated contaminated media quantities. In addition, the cost estimating methodology ... continued below

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Brettin, R.W.; Carr, D.J. & Janke, R.J. June 1, 1995.

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  • Brettin, R.W. PARSONS Environmental Remedial Action Project, Fairfield, OH (United States)
  • Carr, D.J. Fernald Environmental Restoration Management Corporation, Cincinnati, OH (United States)
  • Janke, R.J. U.S. Dept. of Energy, Cincinnati, OH (United States)

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Guidance for Conducting Remedial Investigations and Feasibility Studies Under CERCLA, Interim Final, dated October 1988 (EPA 1988) requires a detailed analysis be conducted of the most promising remedial alternatives against several evaluation criteria, including cost. To complete the detailed analysis, order-of-magnitude cost estimates (having an accuracy of +50 percent to -30 percent) must be developed for each remedial alternative. This paper presents a methodology for developing cost estimates of remedial alternatives comprised of various technology and process options with a wide range of estimated contaminated media quantities. In addition, the cost estimating methodology provides flexibility for incorporating revisions to remedial alternatives and achieves the desired range of accuracy. It is important to note that the cost estimating methodology presented here was developed as a concurrent path to the development of contaminated media quantity estimates. This methodology can be initiated before contaminated media quantities are estimated. As a result, this methodology is useful in developing cost estimates for use in screening and evaluating remedial technologies and process options. However, remedial alternative cost estimates cannot be prepared without the contaminated media quantity estimates. In the conduct of the feasibility study for Operable Unit 5 at the Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP), fourteen remedial alternatives were retained for detailed analysis. Each remedial alternative was composed of combinations of remedial technologies and processes which were earlier determined to be best suited for addressing the media-specific contaminants found at the FEMP site, and achieving desired remedial action objectives.

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  • ER `95: environmental remediation conference: committed to results, Denver, CO (United States), 13-18 Aug 1995

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  • Other: DE96000319
  • Report No.: FEMP/SUB--096
  • Report No.: CONF-950868--17
  • Grant Number: AC24-92OR21972
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 108138
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc618664

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Brettin, R.W.; Carr, D.J. & Janke, R.J. Cost estimating for CERCLA remedial alternatives a unit cost methodology, article, June 1, 1995; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc618664/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.