Common Environmental Acronyms

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A

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AAQS
Ambient Air Quality Standards

AQC
Air Quality Criteria

ARAR
Applicable or Relevant and Appropriate Standards, Limitations, Criteria and Requirements

AST
Aboveground Storage Tank

ATSDR
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

B

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BACM
Best Available Control Measures

BACT
Best Available Control Technology

BER
Business Environmental Risk

BMP
Best Management Practices(s)

BOD
Biochemical Oxygen Demand; Biological Oxygen Demand

BPJ
Best Professional Judgment

BUSTR
Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (Ohio)

C

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CAA
Clean Air Act

CAP
Corrective Action Plan

CE
Conditionally exempt Generators

CEQ
Council on Environmental Quality

CERCLA
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

CFC
Chlorofluorocarbons

CFR
Code of federal Regulations

CWA
Clean Water Act (aka FWPAC)

CZMA
Coastal Zone Management Act

D

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DEQ
Department of Environmental Quality

DO
Dissolved Oxygen

DOJ
United States Department of Justice

DOT
United States Department of Transportation

E

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EA
Environmental Assessment

EIS
Environmental Impact Statement

EMS
Environmental Management System

EPA
United States Environmental Protection Agency

EPCRA
Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (part of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, Title III)

ESA
Endangered Species Act

ESA
Environmental Site Assessment

F

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FDIC
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

FIFRA
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

FR
Federal Register

FS
Feasibility Study

FAR
Final Assessment Report

FOIA
Freedom of Information Act

FWPAC
Federal Water Pollution Control Act

G

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GRCC
Generic Residential Cleanup Criteria (Part 211)

H

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HRS
Hazard Ranking System

HW
Hazardous Waste

HWI
Hazardous Waste Index

HWM
Hazardous Waste Management

HSWA
Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments

HREC
Historical Recognized Environmental Condition

HUD
United States Dep. Of Housing and Urban Development

I

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IDEM
Indiana Department of Environmental Management

IEPA
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

I/M
Inspection and Maintenance

IRAA
Indoor Radon Abatement Act

K

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KDEP
Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection

L

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LUST
Leaking Underground Storage Tank

M

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MDEQ
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

MSDS
Material Safety Data Sheet

MSWLF
Municipal Solid Waste Landfill

N

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NCP
National Contingency Plan

NEPA
National Environmental Policy Act

NREPA
Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act

NFA
No Further Action (letter)

NOHSCP
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan

NOD
Notice of Deficiencies

NOI
Notice of Intent

NOV
Notice of Violations

NPL
National Priorities List

NPDES
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System

O

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ODBA
Ocean Dumping Ban Act; also known as the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA)

OEPA
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

O/M
Operation and Maintenance

OPA
Oil Pollution Act

OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Act

P

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Part 201
Part 201 of Michigan’s NREPA

Part 211
Part 211 of Michigan’s NREPA

Part 213
Part 213 of Michigan’s NREPA

PA
Preliminary Assessment

P
Lead

Phase I ESA
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

Phase II ESA
Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

PCB
Poly-Chlorinated Biphenyls

PEC
Potential Environmental Concern

POTW
Publicly Owned Treatment Works

POWTW
Publicly Owned Waste treatment Works

PPA
Pollution Prevention Act

PPB
Parts Per Billion (e.g. ug/kg, ug/l)

PPM
Parts Per Million (e.g. mg/kg, mg/l)

PRP
Potentially Responsible Party

R

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RA
Remedial Action

RBSL
Risk Based Screening Levels (Part 213)

RCRA
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

REC
Recognized Environmental Condition

RFA
RCRA Facility Assessment

RFI
RCRA Facility Investigation

RFP
Reasonable Further Progress

RI/FS
Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study

ROD
Record of Decision

RQ
Reportable Quantity

S

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SARA
Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986

SDWA
Safe Drinking Water Act

SEPA
State Implementation Plan

SQG
Small Quantity Generator

SWDA
Solid Waste Disposal Act

SWMU
Solid Waste Management Unit

SWPPP
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan

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TCLP
Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure

TMDL
Total Maximum Daily Load

TSCA
Toxic Substances Control Act

TSD
Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility

TSS
Total Suspended Solids

U

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UMTRCA
Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act

UIC
Underground Injection Control

USACE
United States Army Corps of Engineers

USGS
United States Geology Survey

UST
Underground Storage Tank

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VAP
Voluntary Action Program

VOC
Volatile Organic Compounds

VRP
Voluntary Remediation Program

   

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