Department of Health Seal

TGM for the Implementation of the Hawai'i State Contingency Plan
Section 15.3
SCREENING AND ELIGIBILITY

FTC Site Screening Form Submittal
Send completed FTC screening forms to the FTC Coordinator in the HEER Office in Honolulu, Hawai`i. The FTC Coordinator can be reached at:

Hawai`i Department of Health
Office of Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response
Attn: FTC Coordinator
919 Ala Moana Blvd Room 206
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96814

  or

Telephone: (808) 586-4249
Fax: (808) 586-7537
E-mail: heer@doh.hawaii.gov

15.3 SCREENING AND ELIGIBILITY

The first step of the process requires that the applicant complete a two-page Site Screening Form (provided in Appendix 15-A). The screening form is intended to present basic information regarding the site in a concise manner and to explain the purpose of entering FTC. The FTC screening forms must be submitted to the FTC Coordinator at the HEER Office, who will use the screening form to evaluate and confirm site eligibility and to guide discussions during the initial scoping meeting with the applicant.

Eligibility into FTC is not determined by the phase or status of the site assessment or cleanup. Sites may enter FTC during any phase of the assessment or cleanup process, such as:

  • Following a known or suspected spill or release
  • Following a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment where a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) was identified
  • Prior to, during, or following a site investigation
  • Prior to, during, or following cleanup

HDOH has issued guidance regarding the investigation and assessment of residual pesticides in soils (see HDOH, 2016 and Section 9). The guidance focuses on the redevelopment of former agricultural land, but is also applicable to golf courses, nurseries, military housing complexes and similar, large-scale projects involving soils that may have been treated with pesticides. HDOH encourages the use of FTC for receiving a No Action Letter regarding residual pesticides at such sites.

FTC is intended to be inclusive of most sites, but there are some conditions that may eliminate a site from consideration:

  • No known or suspected spills or releases
  • Contamination that is known or likely to extend across a property boundary
  • Groundwater contamination, especially in a drinking water aquifer
  • Soil contamination that has a migration pathway to a drinking water aquifer
  • Site is adjacent to sensitive communities or residences
  • Site is adjacent to sensitive ecological receptors
  • Site has sensitive current or future land use, such as a school or day care, or unrestricted access such as a public recreational area
  • Site cleanup decisions would have a significant impact on the local community and thereby require public review or comment. (Public review or comment may be conducted under FTC, if the participant and the HEER Office believe it would be beneficial; however, this is not a required component of FTC.)
  • Investigation or cleanup activities are already governed by a binding agreement, such as a cleanup order or state-led cleanup activity

Each of the above conditions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The HEER Office will make the eligibility determination in the application review process or in the scoping meeting.

The following sites are not eligible for participation in the FTC Program:

  • A site listed or proposed to be listed on the National Priorities List (NPL) pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • A site that has been issued an order or other enforcement action or has entered into an agreement under CERCLA that is still in effect
  • A site where the United States Coast Guard has issued a federal Letter of Interest
  • A site that is subject to corrective action under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) or Chapter 342J
  • A site that poses an imminent and substantial threat to human health, the environment, or natural resources as determined by the Director of the HDOH
  • A site that is under the jurisdiction or oversight of the HDOH Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch (SHWB), Underground Storage Tank (UST) Section