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  • EPA’s Superfund Task Force – Efforts to Promote Third-Party Investment in Contaminated Properties

    Thursday, December 12, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
    West Hall A – Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    In 2017, EPA’s Superfund Task Force was created to provide recommendations on how the agency can, among other goals, reduce the burden on cooperating parties, encourage private investment in cleanups, and promote the revitalization of properties across the country. The Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE) took the lead on developing and implementing a number of these recommendations with a focus on supporting innovative approaches to promote third-party investment in cleanup and reuse of contaminated properties. The OSRE-led recommendations included efforts to update EPAs position on the use of site-specific agreements with third parties at NPL sites, provide greater “comfort” in EPA-issued Superfund comfort/status letters, and enhance EPA’s web content to include relevant information regarding enforcement tools and approaches that have supported third-party cleanup and reuse. In this learning lounge session, participants will hear about EPA efforts to improve third-party investment outcomes through a clarified approach to site-specific settlement agreements, the issuance of a revised Comfort/Status Letter Policy, and an enhancement of EPAs Superfund cleanup enforcement web content. This session will also examine recent updates to the Revitalization Handbook, which summarizes the federal statutory provisions and EPA policy and guidance documents that address the potential liability concerns of parties involved in the cleanup and revitalization of contaminated sites.
    Helena Healy
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