Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site
Record of Decision (ROD) & Responsiveness Summary
Record of Decision
The February 2002 ROD calls for targeted environmental dredging and removal of approximately 2.65 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment from a 40-mile stretch of the Upper Hudson. In the ROD, EPA selected a plan that addresses the risks to people and the environment associated with PCBs in the sediments of the Upper Hudson River. The actions in the Upper Hudson will lower the risks to people, fish, and wildlife in the Lower Hudson.
EPA released the Proposed Plan for the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site for public comment on December 12, 2000. Due to numerous requests by the public, the comment period was extended to April 17, 2001. By the conclusion of the public comment period, EPA received nearly 73,000 separate, individual comments on the Proposed Plan. Each comment is provided in Appendix D to the Responsiveness Summary, along with tables identifying authors and showing the relationships between authors, identified significant comments and master comments.
Each of the comment letters and other documents was reviewed, and individual significant comments within each comment document were identified. Similar or related comments were combined into 274 master comments in various topical areas capturing the significant issues raised by each of the source comments. A response was prepared for (and is presented immediately following) each of the master comments, drawing from material presented in the Proposed Plan, the FS, or other previous project reports, other literature, remedial projects and individuals, and EPA policy, as well as additional technical analyses performed specifically to address comments or questions raised during the public comment period.
Master comments are organized according to topical areas in Book 1 of the Responsiveness Summary and are assigned a three- or six-digit identification number to identify the master comment, the associated response, and any companion tables and figures throughout the Responsiveness Summary.
Methodologies used and results obtained from additional technical analyses are presented as white papers in Book 2 of the Responsiveness Summary. White papers cover a variety of topical areas, providing more in-depth analysis and supporting detail concerning topics addressed in various comments.