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Nine Criteria


The analysis of alternatives under review reflects the scope and complexity of site problems and alternatives being evaluated and considers the relative significance of the factors within each criteria. The nine criteria are part of the National Contingency Plan (40CFR300.430(e)(9)).

The nine evaluation criteria are as follows:

Threshold Criteria
1. Overall protection of human health and the environment
2. Compliance with ARARs (applicable or relevant and appropriate standards)

Primary Balancing Criteria
3. Long-term effectiveness and permanence
4. Reduction of toxicity, mobility or volume
5. Short-term effectiveness
6. Implementability
7. Cost

Modifying Criteria
8. State acceptance
9. Community acceptance

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