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October 11, 2005


SUBJECT: Long Term Stewardship Task Force Report and the Development of Implementation Options for the Task Force Recommendations

FROM: Thomas P. Dunne, Acting Assistant Administrator /s/
Barry N. Breen, Deputy Assistant Administrator /s/

TO: OSWER Office and Staff Directors
Superfund, RCRA, Tanks, and Brownfields Regional Directors Regional Counsels
Susan Bromm, Office of Site Remediation and Enforcement
Scott Sherman, Office of General Counsel


The attached report, "Long-Term Stewardship: Ensuring Environmental Site Cleanups Remain Protective Over Time," is a result of a two-year effort by the Long-Term Stewardship (LTS) Task Force established under the One Cleanup Program. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from each of OSWER's program offices, OECA, OGC, Regions and the states of Arizona, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and Virginia. The Task Force was charged to identify and examine the wide spectrum of LTS issues, perspectives, and ongoing activities - and recommend potential activities for EPA to consider in its planning. We thank the Task Force members for their time and effort in producing this report. We believe that this document will be a good point of departure in developing an implementation strategy for LTS issues.

LTS encompasses a broad range of complex issues and many State, Federal and local programs are dealing with them. The Task Force suggests that EPA work with its regulatory partners to determine the strategic priority for activities to be implemented. Therefore, we have asked the Land Revitalization Office to work with your offices, Region 6 (as the sub-lead region for land revitalization), OECA, OGC, and the states to identify and analyze implementation options to address the LTS Task Force recommendations. We would like to have the implementation options available to share with ASTSWMO, ECOS and other Federal agencies by January 31, 2006. We have also directed the Land Revitalization Office to ensure that the implementation options address LTS issues at federal facilities, as agreed to in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between EPA, ECOS, the Department of Defense, the Department of Interior, and the Department of Energy.

We look forward to your continuing involvement in LTS planning and future collaborative efforts. Please provide the name of your staff lead for this project to Ellen Manges (Land Revitalization Office staff lead) by October 18.

cc: Long-Term Stewardship Task Force:

Jennifer Anderson, OGC, Solid Waste and Emergency Response Law Office
Michael Bellot, OSWER, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
Erica Dameron, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Dan Forger, Region 2, Emergency and Remedial Response Division
Robert Geller, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Steven Hirsh, Region 3, Hazardous Site Cleanup Division
Tracy Hopkins, OSWER, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
Gary King, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Carlos Lago, OSWER, Office of Solid Waste
Ellen Manges, OSWER, Land Revitalization Office
Monica McEaddy, OSWER, Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office
Cindy Parker, Region 6, Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Division
Nancy Porter, OSWER, Office of Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment
Bob Soboleski, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Amanda Stone, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Greg Sullivan, OECA, Office of Site Remediation and Enforcement
Kristin Underwood, OSWER, Office of Underground Storage Tanks
Joseph Vescio, OSWER, Office of Underground Storage Tanks

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