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Proposed Standard Aims to Help with Climate Planning at Oil and Chemical Release Sites


ASTM International’s committee on environmental assessment, risk management, and corrective action (E50) is developing a standard aimed at helping plan and implement climate-related policies at oil and chemical release sites. 

The standard will cover site assessment, feasibility studies, remedial design, and implementation, according to committee member Helen Waldorf.

“The proposed standard will apply to waste sites where oil or other hazardous materials have come to be located,” says Waldorf. “This includes locations under the U.S. Federal Superfund and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act waste management programs, as well as state, tribal, municipal, and industry-sponsored waste management programs. It’s designed to prepare for, protect against, and respond to climate-related events such as floods, fire, and sea-level rise.” 

Waldorf says that the proposed standard will be used by industries, states, and other agencies as a guide to structure assessment, remedial design actions, and remedy review.

This effort relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #13 on climate action. 

Interested parties are invited to join in the development of the proposed standard (WK66522). ASTM International is also in the process of exploring other needed climate standards activities. Interested stakeholders should contact Molly Lynyak at ASTM. 

Become a member at The WK66522 task group will meet virtually on March 31, from 9:00-11:00 a.m EDT. For more information on this meeting contact Molly Lynyak at ASTM International.

Media Inquiries:
Dan Bergels, tel +1.610.832.9602;
Committee Contact: Molly Lynyak, tel +1.610.832.9743; 


Release #10994

March 12, 2020

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