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Listening Sessions - Superfund Task Force Recommendations

EPA’s Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE) within the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance is hosting a series of listening sessions to provide a forum for EPA personnel to obtain stakeholder input on specific Superfund Task Force recommendations in an effort to increase public participation and transparency, and strengthen communication with stakeholders.

The eight listening sessions occurred between May 21, 2018 and June 18, 2018.

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Background Information

Protecting human health and the environment is EPA’s core mission. Ensuring that the Superfund program operates optimally is one of this mission’s cornerstones. With this in mind, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt established the Superfund Task Force on May 22, 2017, to provide recommendations for improving and expediting site cleanups and promoting redevelopment.

On July 25, 2017, EPA’s Superfund Task Force released its recommendations, which are organized under five goals:

  • Expediting cleanup and remediation;
  • Reinvigorating responsible party cleanup and reuse;
  • Encouraging private investment;
  • Promoting redevelopment and community revitalization; and
  • Engaging partners and stakeholders.

More information is available from the Superfund Task Force website.

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Submitting Written Remarks

Written remarks on the recommendations contained in the listening sessions may be sent to OSRE by email at osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov. Please include the listening session recommendation number or topic in the subject line of your email (LS 16.2 or Expediting Negotiations).

Once submitted, your written remarks cannot be edited or removed. Please keep in mind that all information obtained or submitted during a listening session may become public information. Do not submit electronically any information you consider confidential business information or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

The deadline for submitting written remarks is within seven (7) calendar days after a listening session unless otherwise indicated. The deadline for submitting written remarks for the two listening sessions on June 5, 2018 were extended by request until June 26, 2018.

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Schedule of OSRE SFTF Listening Sessions

The listening sessions were held to solicit public and stakeholder input related to specific recommendations contained within the Superfund Task Force Recommendations Report. During the listening sessions, Agency staff from OSRE and the Regions provided brief background information on each of the recommendation identified below, as well as progress to date on activities related to the recommendations.

Listening session participants had the option to either make live verbal remarks or to just listen online. Persons or organizations wishing to participate in the live verbal remarks portion of the session spoke following the EPA presentation. Participants of each listening session focused their remarks, both verbal and written submissions, on the questions and topics identified in each session.

While the Agency will not be responding to the live verbal or written remarks provided as part of the listening sessions, all remarks will be considered during the Agency’s review and activities related to the Task Force recommendations. A link to a recording of each session is provided below.

OSRE Listening Sessions

May 21, 2018

Expediting Negotiations with Potentially Responsible Parties for Superfund Cleanup Agreements
SFTF Recommendation 16-2, Part 1
Monday, May 21, 2018 (Noon – 2 pm Eastern)

Deadline for written remarks: May 29, 2018.


June 5, 2018

Exploring CERCLA Environmental Liability Transfer Approaches
SFTF Recommendation 22
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 (Noon – 2 pm Eastern)

Deadline for written remarks has been extended by request: June 26, 2018. Submit your written remarks to osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov and include "LS 22" in the subject line.


New Tools to Support Private Party Investment in Cleaning Up and Reusing Superfund Sites
Recommendation 27
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 (3 – 5 pm Eastern)

Deadline for written remarks has been extended by request: June 26, 2018. Submit your written remarks to osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov and include "LS 27"in the subject line.


June 11, 2018

Encouraging Potentially Responsible Parties to Implement Reuse
Recommendation 21
Monday, June 11, 2018 (Noon – 2 pm Eastern)

Deadline for written remarks: June 18, 2018.


Revising EPA's "Common Elements" Guidance to Encourage Third Party Investment
Recommendation 29
Monday, June 11, 2018 (3 – 5 pm Eastern)

Deadline for written remarks: June 18, 2018.


June 13, 2018

Informing Parties about Streamlining the Cleanup and Redevelopment Process
Recommendation 23
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (Noon – 2 pm Eastern)

Deadline for written remarks: June 20, 2018. Submit your written remarks to osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov and include "LS 23" in the subject line.


June 18, 2018

Improving Comfort Letters to Address Superfund Liability Concerns
Recommendation 28
Monday, June 18, 2018 (Noon – 2 pm Eastern)

Deadline for written remarks: June 25, 2018. Submit your written remarks to osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov and include "LS 28" in the subject line.


Improving Implementation of Cleanup Agreements for Response Actions by Potentially Responsible Parties
Recommendation 16-2, Part 2
Monday, June 18, 2018 (3 – 5 pm Eastern)

Deadline for written remarks: June 25, 2018. Submit your written remarks to osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov and include "LS 16.2 Part 2" in the subject line.

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Providing Live Verbal Remarks During a Listening Session

Each listening session registration form contained the option to provide live verbal remarks; however, there is a limited number of speaking opportunities available due to the two-hour time limit for each event.

If a participant registered to make live verbal remarks, they received receive additional information on their opportunity to speak. A speaking schedule was distributed prior to each listening session. Participants were notified prior to the event regarding any time limit on their remarks. EPA made every effort to follow the schedule as closely as possible on the day of the meeting.

Supporting materials and/or complete or additional remarks associated with a live verbal remarks could be submitted to OSRE via email at osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov. Participants are asked to include the listening session recommendation number in the subject line of your email (example: OSRE LS 16.2 or Expediting Negotiations). Once submitted, written remarks cannot be edited or removed. Please keep in mind that all information obtained or submitted during a listening session may become public information. Do not submit electronically any information you consider confidential business information or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

Written remarks to supplement live verbal remarks were due within seven (7) calendar days after a listening session unless otherwise indicated on the registration form or session information Web page. The submission of written remarks was extened by two weeks for the two June 5, 2018 session.

Contact Information

For more information on the listening sessions, please refer to the information page for each listening sessions listed above or contact OSRE via email at osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov.

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