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Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act

EPA Institute


While in the Compensation and Liability Act course, students learn about how the law was created in order to drive the remediation of contamination from hazardous waste disposal that is a possible danger to public health and the environment.

The main focus of this online program is to guide its students in their development of the basic understanding of the major provision of the CERCLA that are currently being implemented, such as release reporting requirements in CERCLA Section 103 and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) Sections 302-312.

While in this online CERCLA course, students will work on developing their knowledge of CERCLA as well as review the Remedial investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) process as it applies to DOE's environmental restoration program.

This online CERCLA course offers its participants an online option for developing their basic knowledge of the regulatory process that governs site assessment and remediation.

This online CERCLA training class covers topics at the federal, state, and local level when working with the regulatory framework, and governing superfund.

Topics covered in this online Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act course, include:

  • Superfund program
  • Cleanup and abatement orders
  • Release reporting, the National Contingency Plan (NCP)
  • The administrative record
  • The hazard ranking system

Following successful completion of this online CERLA program, individuals will have a broad pre-advanced knowledge of the appropriate regulations, and the practices involved in hazardous waste management and cleanup requirements. This course includes 0.2 CEU credits.


By taking this online CERCLA course, students will work towards the following objectives:

  • Identify characteristics of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Understand the hazardous terminology, National Priority List (NPL), remedial phase and liability provision.
  • Learn about the three types of response activities defined under CERCLA; removal, remedial, and enforcement programs
  • Develop a broad conceptual model of the site which includes, but is not limited to, identifying potential exposure concerns, the information necessary for an evaluation, and stakeholders concerns.
  • Develop conclusions regarding preventing or reducing exposure; the likelihood of adverse health effects; the degree of public health hazard posed by the site; critical data gaps; and need for health education, exposure investigations.
  • Understand the process of CERLA enforcement, and enforcement Audit
  • Understand the key provisions of CERCLA and SARA


CEUs are awarded for participation in educational activities with professional associations, business and industry, occupational groups, and education. Workshops, seminars, training programs, conferences, institutes, and short courses may qualify. As a guideline, these activities must be developed for a specific clientele, with the purpose of professional updating, re-certification, re-licensing, and retraining/vocational adjustment, or new career orientation.

Participants earn one CEU for each 10 "contact" hours spent in an organized educational activity. According to requirements set by the National Task Force on Continuing Education, this activity must meet under the direction of an approved sponsor and qualified instructors.

Generally, a 60-minute clock hour is the standard of measurement for each contact hour. Any portion of an hour does not count toward CEUs. The total number of CEUs awarded depends on how much time a participant spends in a formal learning situation.

course quick facts
course code DED-EPA11
cost $74.99
estimated time to
complete course
2 Hours
course materials

This online course is taught in conjunction with the EPA Institute - a leader in EPA training and environmental education. The EPA Institute's environmental education courses provide students with a flexible option for developing the skills and exploratory experience that is needed to reach their fullest potential as independent thinkers and professionals who are better equipped to address a variety of environmental issues.