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EPA Makes It Easier for States, Tribes and Others to Get Involved in Superfund Cleanup

EPA is taking action to improve the administration and effectiveness of Superfund cooperative agreements (CAs) and Superfund state contracts (SSCs). This action will make it easier for States, Indian Tribes, intertribal consortia, and political subdivisions, to become involved in the cleanup of Superfund sites.

EPA is amending 40 CFR part 35, subpart O, to improve the administration and effectiveness of CAs and SSCs. EPA uses CAs to transfer funds to a State, political subdivision or Indian Tribe that assumes responsibility as the lead or support agency for Superfund responses. A SSC is a joint, legally-binding agreement between a State or Indian Tribe and EPA that assures the transfer of cost-sharing funds when EPA is leading a Superfund response action.

Specifically, EPA is revising the subpart O regulation to reduce the recipients? burden. The changes being made are:

  • Quarterly and semiannual progress reports will be due in 60 days, instead of 30 days; and
  • Under a Superfund State Contract, the recipient may also request that the overpayment of cost share from one site be applied to meet the cost share requirement of another site.

Subpart O was first promulgated in 1990, and it was amended in May 2007.

For more information about these changes, please visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20086.htm.

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