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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 will occur 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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Schedule of OSRE SFTF Listening Sessions

The listening sessions are intended 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 will provide brief background information on each of the recommendation identified below, as well as progress to date on activities related to the recommendations.

There is a registration form for each listening session. To participate in a session, you have 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 will speak following the EPA presentation, provided they registered to do so. The Agency would like participants of each listening session to focus their remarks, both verbal and written submissions, on the questions and topics identified in each session’s registration form.

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. Additionally, if available, the Agency will provide a link to a recording of the session.

OSRE Listening Sessions

May 21, 2018

Expediting Negotiations with Potentially Responsible Parties for Superfund Cleanup Agreements
SFTF Recommendation 16-2, Part 1
Information about the listening session on Recommendation 16.2, Part 1
Monday, May 21, 2018 (Noon – 2 pm Eastern)
Recording of May 21, 2018 Listening Session on Recommendation 16.2, Part 1

June 5, 2018

Exploring CERCLA Environmental Liability Transfer Approaches
SFTF Recommendation 22
Information about the listening session on Recommendation 22
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Noon – 2 pm Eastern
Registration for this listening session will open soon! Look for updates on the Superfund Task Force website.

New Tools to Support Private Party Investment in Cleaning Up and Reusing Superfund Sites
Recommendation 27
Information about the listening session on Recommendation 27
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
3 – 5 pm Eastern
Registration for this listening session will open soon! Look for updates on the Superfund Task Force website.

June 11, 2018

Encouraging Potentially Responsible Parties to Implement Reuse
Recommendation 21
Information about the listening session on Recommendation 21
Monday, June 11, 2018
Noon – 2 pm Eastern
Registration for this listening session will open soon! Look for updates on the Superfund Task Force website.

Revising EPA's "Common Elements" Guidance to Encourage Third Party Investment
Recommendation 29
Information about the listening session on Recommendation 29
Monday, June 11, 2018
3 – 5 pm Eastern
Registration for this listening session will open soon! Look for updates on the Superfund Task Force website.

June 13, 2018

Informing Parties about Streamlining the Cleanup and Redevelopment Process
Recommendation 23
Information about the listening session on Recommendation 23
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Noon – 2 pm Eastern
Registeration for this listening session will open soon! Look for updates on the Superfund Task Force website.

June 18, 2018

Improving Comfort Letters to Address Superfund Liability Concerns
Recommendation 28
Information about the listening session on Recommendation 28
Monday, June 18, 2018
Noon – 2 pm Eastern
Registeration for this listening session will open soon! Look for updates on the Superfund Task Force website.

Improving Implementation of Cleanup Agreements for Response Actions by Potentially Responsible Parties
Recommendation 16-2, Part 2
Information about the listening session on Recommendation 16.2, Part 2
Monday, June 18, 2018
3 – 5 pm Eastern
Registeration for this listening session will open soon! Look for updates on the Superfund Task Force website.

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Providing Live Verbal Remarks During a Listening Session

Each listening session registration form provides a registrant 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 you register to make live verbal remarks, you will receive additional information on your opportunity to speak. A speaking schedule will be distributed a few days before each listening session. Participants will be notified prior to the event regarding any time limit on their remarks. EPA will make 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 your live verbal remarks can be submitted to OSRE via email at osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov. Please include the listening session recommendation number in the subject line of your email (example: OSRE 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.

Written remarks to supplement your live verbal remarks must within seven (7) calendar days after a listening session unless otherwise indicated on the registration form or session information Web page.

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Submitting Written Remarks

For those registrants that are not registered to speak during the session, you may provide written remarks to OSRE by email at osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov. Please include the listening session recommendation number in the subject line of your email (example: OSRE 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 on the registration form or session information Web page.

If requested, the Agency may release the session transcript (Agency presentation and live verbal remarks) and a collection of the submitted written remarks.

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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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