We've made some changes to EPA.gov. If the information you are looking for is not here, you may be able to find it on the EPA Web Archive or the January 19, 2017 Web Snapshot.

Enforcement

Guidance: Revised Policy on Issuance of Superfund Comfort/Status Letters

Memorandum transmitting the revised Superfund comfort/status letter policy, three updated model Superfund comfort/status letters for parties interested in acquiring contaminated, potentially contaminated, and formerly contaminated properties for reuse and redevelopment, and additional documents supporting the guidance and issuance of comfort/status letters. Issued 08/25/2015.

This revised policy and three model Superfund comfort/status letters supersede the comfort/status letter policy and model documents issued in 1996.

Policy Overview

The revised policy discusses the background of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of Superfund comfort/status letters and describes the purpose and intended use of these letters under the authority of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). 

Appendices Overview

Appendix A - Model Superfund Comfort/Status Letters

Appendix A includes three updated model Superfund comfort/status letters to assist the Regions when drafting site-specific letters for parties interested in acquiring impacted property for reuse and redevelopment. The model letters are available for use in Word format from the comfort/status letters category of the Cleanup Enforcement Model Language and Sample Documents Database:

  1. Federal Superfund Interest and No Current Federal Superfund Interest Comfort/Status Letter
  2. No Previous Federal Superfund Interest Comfort/Status Letter
  3. State Action Comfort/Status Letter

Appendices B - D: Supporting Documents

Appendices B-D include the following supporting documents that are available below in the transmittal package:

  • A chart titled "Use of Comfort/Status Letters" to differentiate between the purposes of the letters and understand the relationship among them. The chart provides guidance on which letter to use in responding to a request for a letter (Appendix B).
  • A document titled "Description of Other EPA Model and Sample Comfort/Status Letters" that describes model documents the Agency has available to use on a site-specific basis (Appendix C). Most of the model documents addressed in this appendix are available from the comfort/status letter category of the Cleanup Enforcement Model Language and Sample Documents Database.
  • An optional document titled "Information Request to Support Comfort/Status Letter" for Regions to acquire information relevant to drafting a comfort/status letter from the party interested in receiving a letter (Appendix D).

Transmittal Package PDF File

You may need Adobe Reader to view files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.