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Regional Superfund Public Liaison

See also the Public Liaison Contacts at the bottom of the page.

If you have concerns like these about the Superfund program, you may want to call the Regional Superfund Public Liaison for help. The Regional Superfund Public Liaison will make sure you are able to discuss your concerns with EPA Superfund staff working on the project. Often, just talking to the "right person" will resolve the issue. If you have already talked with Superfund staff and are unhappy with the results or the treatment you received, then the Public Liaison may be able to work with you and the Superfund staff to reach a satisfactory resolution. 

What is an Superfund Public Liaison?

A Superfund Public Liaison is a government official charged with investigating citizens' complaints and assisting in achieving a fair resolution. The Superfund Public Liaison responds to complaints from the public. The Regional Superfund Public Liaison is a high-level employee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who has the ability to independently look into citizens' concerns and facilitate the commiunication that can lead to a solution, respond to concerns about Superfund program activities, and help to resolve problems or issues.

What a Regional Superfund Public Liaison Can Do For You

The primary role of the Superfund Public Liaison is to assist citizens and the Superfund staff in reaching an acceptable resolution to an issue that cannot be resolved through the normal Superfund process. The Superfund Public Liaison will normally provide assistance by: 

When you Call the Regional Superfund Public Liaison

When you contact the Superfund Regional Public Liaison, the Public Liaison will:

The Public Liaison does not have authority to change decisions made by Superfund staff. The Public Liaison has direct access to top regional management officials to cut through "red tape" to look into problems and to make recommendations to decision-makers if informal means prove unsuccessful.

Can the Public Liaison force decisions by the Superfund staff?

The Public Liaison does not have authority to change decisions made by Superfund staff. However, the Ombudsman can work with you and EPA staff to discuss the situation and try to reach an acceptable solution.

Whom do I call, if I have a Superfund problem or issue?

You should first contact the Superfund Community Involvement Coordinator for that site. If this person is unable to help you, call or write your Regional Superfund Public Liaison.

What Is Superfund?

Superfund is the federal program that cleans up sites where hazardous materials threaten human health or the environment. Superfund sites include landfills, abandoned mines, industrial sites, or other places where hazardous materials were used or disposed. Sites can vary from a small metal plating shop to a 250-square-mile mining area.

The law governing the program is the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). Under CERCLA, EPA will designate a hazardous waste site as a Superfund site and will manage the clean up of the site.

At Superfund sites, hazardous substances often contaminate soil, ground water, or nearby streams or lakes. Superfund sites include landfills, abandoned mines, or industrial sites where haaardous materials were used or disposed. These sites vary in size froma 1/4 acre metal plating shop to a 250 square mile mining area.

Also be sure to visit A Citizen's Guide to EPA's Superfund Program for more information about Superfund.

Superfund Public Liaison Contacts


Victoria Van Roden (OECA)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (2272A)
Washington, DC 20460
(P) 202-564-4268
(F) 202-501-0269

Bruce Engelbert (OSWER)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (5204G)
Washington, DC 20460
(P) 703-603-8711
(F) 703-603-9100

Superfund Information Hotline

Name & Office Region & Address Phone & Fax
Rudy Brown
US EPA Region 1
5 Post Office Square - Suite 100
Boston, MA 02109
(P) (617)-918-1031
George H. Zachos
US EPA Region 2
2890 Woodbridge Ave
Edison, NJ 08837
(P) 732-321-6621
(P) 888-283-7626
(F) 732-906-6182

James McCreary

US EPA Region 3 
1650 Arch Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(P) 215-814-3243
Vacant US EPA Region 4
61 Forsyth Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(P) 800-241-1754
Larry Schmitt
US EPA Region 5
77 West Jackson Blvd. 
Chicago, IL 60604
(P) 312-353-6565
(P) 800-621-8431
Donn Walters
US EPA Region 6
1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202
(P) 214-665-6483
(P) 800-533-3508
Craig W. Smith, PE
US EPA Region 7
901 N. 5th St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
(P) 913-551-7683
(P) 800-223-0425
Sonya Pennock
US EPA Region 8
999 18th Street
Denver, CO 80202
(P) 303-312-6600
(P) 800-227-8917
ext. 312-6600
Vacant US EPA Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street 
San Francisco, CA 94105
(P) 800-231-3075
Suzanne Powers
US EPA Region 10
300 Desmond Dr. S.E., Ste. 102
Lacey, WA 98503

(P) 360-753-9475
(P) 800-424-4372

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