This list includes abbreviations and acronyms relevant to environmental compliance, regulations, remediation, and sustainability.


AS: Air Sparging

AST: Aboveground Storage Tank

ASTM: ASTM International (formerly American Society for Testing and Materials)


BACT: Best Available Control Technology

bgs: below ground surface

BMP: Best Management Practices

BTEX: Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and total Xylenes


CAP: Corrective Action Plan

Cat-Ox: Catalytic Oxidizer

CFM: Cubic Meet per Minute

COCs: Constituents for Concern


DCA: Dichloroethane

DNAPL: Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid

DO: Dissolved Oxygen

DPE: Dual-Phase Extraction

DRO: Diesel-Range Organics (C10 to C16 and C17 to C25)

DTW: Depth to Water


EDB: Ethylene dibromide (1,2 – Dibromoethane)

EDC: Ethylene dichloride (1,2 – Dichloroethane)

EP: Environmental Professional

EPA: Environmental Protection Agency

ESA: Environmental Site Assessment

eV: Electron Volt


ft bgs: feet below ground surface


GPR: Ground Penetrating Radar

GRO: Gasoline-Range Organics


HASP: Health and Safety Plan

HVE: High Vacuum Extraction


IP: Injection Point

IRM: Interim Remedial Measure

ISCO: In-Situ Chemical Oxidation


lbs/hr: Pounds per Hour

LEL: Lower Explosive Limit

LNAPL: Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid

LPH: Liquid-Phase Hydrocarbons


MCL: Maximum Contaminant Level

Mg/L: Milligrams per Liter

MNA: Monitored Natural Attenuation

MPE: Multi-Phase Extraction

MTBE: Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether

mV: Millivolts

MW: Monitoring Well


N/A: Not Applicable

NFA: No Further Action

NPDES: National Pollution Discharge Elimination System

ND: Not Detected


O&G: Oil and Gas

O&M: Operation and Maintenance

ORP: Oxidation-Reduction Potential

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration


P&T: Pump and Treat

PAHs: Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

PID: Photo-Ionization Detector

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment

ppmv: parts per million by volume

PQL: Practical Quantitation Limit


QA: Quality Assurance

QAO: Quality Assurance Officer

QC: Quality Control

QCI: Quality Control Index


RAP: Remedial Action Plan

RBCA: Risk-Based Corrective Action

RCRA: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

REEP: Review of Environmental Effect of Pollutants


SARA: Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986

SEA: State/EPA Agreement

SRS: Sensitive Receptor Survey

SVE: Soil Vapor Extraction

SVOCs: Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds


TBA: t-Butyl Alcohol

TDS: Total Dissolved Solids

TIC: Tentatively Identified Compound

TMB: Trimethylbenzene

TOC: Top of Casing

TPH: Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons


UEL: Upper Explosive Limit

ug/kg: micrograms per kilogram

ug/L: micrograms per liter

ug/m3: micrograms per cubic meter

UST: Underground Storage Tank


VGAC: Vapor-phase Granulated Activated Carbon

VOA: Volatile Organic Analysis

VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds


WB: Wet Bulb

WHO: World Health Organization

WQO: Water Quality Objectives

New York-Specific

CP-51 SCG: Soil Quality standards as defined by the NYSDEC Commissioner Policy 51/Soil Cleanup Guidance, amended October 21, 2010 (updated soil levels to TAGM 4046)

NYCDEP: New York City Department of Environmental Protection

NYSDEC: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

RSCOs: Recommended Soil Cleanup Objectives as defined by TAGM 4046

STARS: Spills Technology and Remediation Series #1, emended August 1992

STIP: Stipulation Agreement

TAGM: Technical and Administrative Guidance Memorandum (#4046) Determination of Soil Cleanup Objectives, amended January 24, 1994

WQS: Groundwater Quality Standards as defined by the June 1998 Technical and Operational Guidance Series 1.1.1, Ambient Water Quality Standards and Guidance Value and Groundwater Effluent Limitations and the April 2000 Addendum

North Carolina-Specific

NCDEQ: North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality


PADEP: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

SWHS: Statewide Health Standard

USTIF: Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund

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