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The National Shipbuilding Research Program: Contaminated Sediment Management Guide for NSRP Shipyards. Appendix 2: Shipyard Survey

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA estimates that about 10 percent of the sediment underlying U.S. lakes, rivers, and bays is sufficiently contaminated with toxic chemicals to pose potential risks. These toxic chemicals can kill the aquatic organisms that live in those waters or impair the health of people and wildlife that eat contaminated fish. EPA began documenting the extent and severity of sediment contamination through surveys conducted in 1983 and 1987. The surveys found that heavy metals and metalloids e.g., arsenic, PCBs, pesticides, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons PAHs are the most frequently reported contaminants in sediments. In 1990, EPA was requested to create a national program to address contaminated sediments. In 1997, EPA completed The Incidence and Severity of Sediment Contamination in Surface Waters of the United States, a report to Congress. In April 1998, EPA released the Contaminated Sediment Management Strategy CSMS. The National Shipbuilding Research Program NSRP Project N1-96-02, Follow the Development and Analyze the Impact of the Federal Guidelines for Sediment Management, was awarded to accomplish the following trace the development of the EPAs CSMS and other sediment management-related activities, identify their impacts on the shipbuilding and repair industry, and develop a Contaminated Sediment Management Guide for NSRP Shipyards. The Management Guide includes 5 appendices that are accessioned separately Appendix 1 Index of Documents Related to Sediment Management, Appendix 2 Shipyard Survey, Appendix 3 Assessment Technologies, Appendix 4 Removal Technologies, and Appendix 5 Treatment Technologies. This document, Appendix 2, provides the results of a sediment survey conducted in Nov 1997. The survey asked for information about the facility, body of water, sediment monitoring requirements, dredging operations, shipyard processes, and hazardous material usage.

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  • Physical Chemistry
  • Marine Engineering
  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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