Redevelopment Tools and Information
Superfund Redevelopment in Region 4
Riviera Beach, Florida
A wide range of tools and information are available to help guide decisions regarding the redevelopment of Superfund sites. Tools have been divided into six categories:
- Prospective Purchaser Inquiry (PPI) Service
- Comfort/Status Letters
- Ready for Reuse (RfR) Determinations
- Redevelopment Legal Issues
- Local Community Tools and Resources
- Superfund Return to Use Initiative
Region 4 offers a free information service called the Prospective Purchaser Inquiry (PPI) Service to allow a prospective purchaser to make a timely business decision on whether to purchase a particular Superfund site.
Comfort/Status Letters (PDF) (20 pp, 900K, About PDF)
A comfort/status letter may be issued by Region 4 to:
- clarify the likelihood of EPA involvement at a site;
- identify potential liability protections/limitations available to the prospective purchaser;
- identify whether the property is subject to an EPA lien; and/or
- indicate the progress of a Superfund cleanup.
- View a model comfort letter (PDF) (6 pp, 52K, About PDF)
An RfR Determination is an EPA document which provides potential users of a Superfund site with an environmental status report indicating that all or a portion of the real estate property at a site can support specified types of uses and remain protective of human health and the environment. This web page describes EPA's guidance regarding how staff should make and document these determinations.
Disclaimer: EPA is not able to offer guarantees or assurances to prospective purchasers about the compatibility of their redevelopment plans with the site cleanup. EPA can generally discuss the redevelopment plans with the prospective purchaser, and identify obvious incompatibilities, but the burden of not impeding or injuring the remedy is solely the prospective purchaser's responsibility.
Redevelopment Legal Issues
Letters (PDF) (20 pp, 900K, About PDF)
A comfort/status letter is a document that may be issued by EPA to provide some level of "comfort" which addresses the various issues concerning the status of cleanup activities and associated Superfund liability.
for Obtaining 'Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser' Status (Common Elements
Guidance) (PDF) (22 pp, 366K, About PDF)
A 'bona fide prospective purchaser' is protected from owner or operator liability under the Superfund law so long as the new purchaser meets the definition of a 'bona fide prospective purchaser.' The bona fide prospective purchaser liability is limited to the windfall associated with the increase in property value resulting from EPA cleanup activities. This document describes criteria that landowners must meet in order to qualify.
- Frequent Questions About Legal
There are complex legal issues associated with reuse of all contaminated properties. This web page answers common questions about legal issues related to Superfund site reuse.
Local Community Tools and Resources
Community Advisory Groups (CAGs) are committees or boards made up of citizens with diverse community interests. They can also help give communities a voice in the redevelopment of Superfund sites.
Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs) are grants of up to $50,000 (or more for unusually large or complex sites) that are available to qualified community groups.
Region 4 supports community-based planning efforts at Superfund sites which integrate future land use information with site information and remedy considerations.
- Reuse Help Desk
Provides EPA staff and potential developers with information and assistance in carrying out Superfund reuse-related activities. It operates from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, with voice mail service after hours. Call: (434) 817-0470.
The Return to Use initiative is the latest phase of the national Superfund Redevelopment Program. It shares the Program's mission to support community efforts to reuse Superfund sites. It does this by removing unnecessary barriers to reuse.