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Superfund Partnerships

While management of the Superfund program lies mainly within the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) within EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), many responsibilities fall within other programs and agencies.

Within EPA

Office of Emergency Management
This OSWER office is responsible for short term responses under Superfund, as well as emergency responses to and preparedness for releases of hazardous substances.

Office of Site Remediation and Enforcement (OSRE)
This office is responsible for the enforcement component of Superfund. It resides within EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

Federal Facilities Enforcement Office (FFEO)
This office is responsible for ensuring that federal facilities take all necessary actions to prevent, control and abate environmental pollution.

Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse (FFRRO)
This office resides in OSWER and is the interface between EPA and federal agencies, such as the Department of Energy and Department of Defense, as they conduct cleanups of their own facilities.

This office resides in OSWER and is responsible for implementing the Brownfields program, established by an amendment to Superfund's authorizing legislation, CERCLA. This program promotes the evaluation and development of less contaminated properties.

Office of Research and Development (ORD)
This office conducts research on contaminants and technologies to aid in cleanup decisions.

Other Federal Government Agencies

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
ATSDR is responsible for conducting health assessments of Superfund sites. It also maintains toxicological profiles of many contaminants.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
This agency conducts research on health effects of hazardous substances that aid in Superfund assessment and cleanup decisions.

US Army Corps of Engineers Exit EPA
This construction-oriented agency conducts much of the construction and oversight of Superfund cleanups for which EPA is responsible.

States and Tribes

States and Tribes have roles in addressing Superfund sites in their areas, at every stage of the Superfund cleanup pipeline.

Office of Regional Operations
This EPA Office's Web site has links to State and Tribal organization sites.

EPA Regional Offices
Regional Web sites carry links to State programs and issues, as well as information on specific sites.


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