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EPA 542-G-18-004, 19 pp, 2018

Smart scoping practices can be used during any phase of a Superfund remedial investigation's project life cycle or in accordance with other similar federal, state, or tribal regulatory authorities. Use of these practices can support the development of a robust conceptual site model, which in turn helps improve response action development, selection, and implementation. Smart scoping integrates adaptive management and site characterization. Adaptive management is an approach U.S. EPA is expanding to help ensure that informed decision-making and the expenditure of limited resources go hand-in-hand throughout the remedial process. This technical guide's purpose is twofold: (1) it broadly highlights best practices related to scoping an environmental investigation that have been developed over many years of planning and implementing investigations; and (2) it provides technical resources and references to support smart scoping activities. https://semspub.epa.gov/src/document/11/100001799

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