Application of a Relative Site Ranking Methodology to Regulation of Groundwater Contamination Sites

by Adam W. Olivieri, EOA Inc, Oakland, CA, USA,
Don M. Eisenberg, EOA Inc, Oakland, CA, USA,
Robert C. Cooper, EOA Inc, Oakland, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


An assessment methodology for ranking groundwater contamination sites is described. The ranking of nearly 100 actual contamination sites, and the definition and calibration of 'zones of risk' based on that ranking, have demonstrated that the assessment methodology described here provides useful tools for decision-making regarding the degree of response that is necessary to protect ground water at sites where subsurface contamination is present. It also provides tools for assessing site sensitivity prior to contamination, and thereby for estimating the level of regulatory protection that is appropriate for prevention of contamination.

Subject Headings: Groundwater pollution | Site investigation | Soil pollution | Ratings | Water pollution | Laws and regulations | Risk management | Water resources

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