It is the position of the National Ground Water Association that where groundwater contamination is present, different standards for cleanup vs. protection may be appropriate depending on site-specific circumstances. Factors such as the potential for groundwater use, the importance of the resource for local water supply and the availability of alternatives, the technical feasibility of cleanup, risk analysis, and cost should influence the determination of an appropriate cleanup level. In some places, groundwater contamination will have little or no significant impact on human health or the environment. In other cases, the contamination will have to be accepted and managed because the situation is economically or technically irreversible. Our policies and programs should be sufficiently flexible and practical to operate in recognition of these different situations, providing adequate effective protection for human health and the environment.
- Position Statement