Establishing cleanup goals is one of the most important and yet often controversial aspects of addressing contaminated ground water. As such, this topic is being addressed by EPA's Ground Water Task Force (GWTF) - a workgroup established under EPA's "One Cleanup Program" Initiative to facilitate cross-agency collaboration on ground water issues. While establishing ground water cleanup goals typically takes into account multiple considerations, the GWTF decided to initially focus its attention by developing two discussion papers: (1) Cleanup Goals Appropriate for DNAPL Source Zones and 2) Ground Water Use, Value, and Vulnerability as Factors in Setting Cleanup Goals. The GWTF has posted these papers on its web site (http://gwtf.cluin.org/) with the objective of seeking input from a range of national interest groups including federal and state regulatory officials, industry groups and other members of the regulated community, as well as environmental and public interest groups. The GWTF will consider input it receives (comments due July 31, 2004) in developing recommendations for EPA senior managers on a course of action to address the issues raised in these papers.
By the end of this 2-hour seminar, participants will have a clearer understanding of: (1) the origin, purpose and make-up of the GWTF; (2) background information, problem statements from differing stakeholder perspectives, and potential solutions (with advantages and disadvantages) pertaining to the topics addressed in both papers; and, (3) next steps with respect to submitting comments on the papers and the GWTF in general. Please note that opportunities during the seminar will be provided for questions and answers; however, comments conveyed during the internet seminar should not replace written comments submitted to EPA through the Ground Water Task Force web site.