EPA Region 4's Superfund cleanup program focuses on the cleanup of hazardous waste sites that pose a long-term threat to human health and the environment at National Priorities List (NPL) and Superfund Alternative (SAA) sites. The Superfund alternative approach uses the same investigation and cleanup process and standards that are used for sites listed on the NPL.
Region 4 cleanup activities encompass all aspects of Superfund site management from site assessment through deletion and is comprised of two branches. The Superfund Remediation Branch is responsible for ensuring long-term cleanup of sites in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. The Superfund Remediation & Site Evaluation Branch is responsible for ensuring long-term cleanup of sites in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Key cleanup-related activities performed by both branches include:
- Directing the preparation of special scientific and engineering reports for use of the Agency in support of fund financed and/or enforcement related cleanup activities;
- Preparation of documents that support the appropriate site remedy;
- Oversight of the design and implementation of selected site cleanup approaches in accordance with all applicable regulations, policies, and guidelines;
- Negotiations with Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) to arrive at mutually satisfactory agreements whereby PRPs will perform key site investigation and cleanup activities;
- Preparation of Administrative Orders to be issued on consent or unilaterally to compel PRPs to take necessary remedial or removal response measures at National Priorities List (NPL) or non NPL sites; and
- Support for revitalization of contaminated sites.