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NYC BCP Remedy Selection

Under the NYC BCP, analysis of the proposed remedial action must consider the following factors:

Threshold Criteria - all remedies must satisfy threshold criteria for the intended use:

  • Protection of public health; and
  • Protection of the environment.

Balancing Criteria:

  • Compliance with standards, criteria and guidance;
  • Short-term effectiveness and impacts;
  • Long-term effectiveness and permanence;
  • Reduction of toxicity, mobility and volume of contaminated material;
  • Implementability;
  • Cost effectiveness;
  • Community Acceptance;
  • Land use; and
  • Sustainability of the remedial action.

Evaluation of these criteria is documented in a Remedial Alternatives Analysis that is contained in the Remedial Action Work Plan. The Alternatives Analysis is required to consider a permanent cleanup option (also known as a Track 1 cleanup).

Permanent remedies, including complete source elimination by removal or treatment on-site, are preferred. 

Engineering and Institutional Controls can be employed in the remedy if pathways for human health exposure are addressed and off-site migration is controlled.  Potential human health exposure pathways will be evaluated by NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH).  OER will obtain the concurrence of the NYC DOHMH prior to approving the RAWP.

   
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