(Corps) to provide guidance for applicants proposing open-water disposal of dredged material in New England waters. Under the authorities of Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (for disposal seaward of the baseline of the territorial sea) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (for disposal inland and in near coastal waters landward of the baseline), the Corps and EPA have issued national guidance and testing requirements to evaluate dredged material for open water disposal. These national guidance manuals are called the "Green Book" ("Evaluation of Dredged Material Proposed for Ocean Disposal Testing Manual", EPA/USACE, 1991), and the “Inland Testing Manual ” (“Evaluation of Dredged Material Proposed for Discharge in Waters of the U.S. – Testing Manual”, EPA/USACE, 1998). The RIM applies the national guidance to the New England area and supercedes the previous regional manual entitled "Guidance for Performing Tests on Dredged Material to be Disposed of in Open Waters" (EPA/NAE, 1989). The RIM provides New England-specific guidance on: permit application and coordination requirements; sampling methodologies; updated reference site locations; contaminants of concern and analytical reporting limits; and species and test conditions for biological testing
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