EPA Performance Standards
EPA issued performance standards for Phase 2 dredging based on the knowledge gained during Phase 1 and input from the Peer Review Panel. Information on Phase 2 performance standards can be found here:
What are the Engineering Performance Standards for the Hudson River PCBs Site?
The engineering performance standards are technical requirements that help to ensure that the dredging of the Upper Hudson is done safely, stays on schedule and meets human health and environmental protection objectives.
There are three Engineering Performance Standards:
- Resuspension - Designed to protect river water intakes and limit transport of PCBs. A water quality monitoring program is being carried out to show that the objectives of the resuspension standard are being met during dredging.
- Residuals - Designed to detect and manage small amounts of PCBs in sediments that may remain on the river bottom after dredging.
- Productivity - Designed to keep the dredging work on schedule.
What are the Quality of Life Performance Standards for the Hudson River PCB Site?
The quality of life performance standards are intended to reduce the effects of the dredging and dewatering operations on:
* People * Businesses * Recreation * Community Activities
Compliance with the Performance Standards
Quality of life performance standards have been developed for air quality, noise, lighting, odor and navigation. Compliance with the standards is achieved by meeting the following requirements during the cleanup:
- Monitoring the source of potential emissions.
- Complaint evaluation and resolution. The complaint evaluation and resolution process is described in the
Phase 2 Remedial Action Community Health and Safety Plan for 2013.
- Mitigation and contingencies to prevent or minimize potential effects.
- Reporting and notification.