Superfund Task Force Public Participation Opportunities
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EPA is pleased to announce the following upcoming webinars:
Improving Implementation of Cleanup Agreements for Response Actions by Potentially Responsible Parties
June 18, 2018, 3 – 5 p.m. Eastern
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The goal of Recommendation 16 is to explore strategies to speed up negotiations with potentially responsible parties as well as cleanup under finalized settlements. This session will focus solely on reducing performance delays under existing cleanup agreements
Following up on the prior Recommendation 16.2 listening session held on May 21, 2018, which addressed strategies to speed up negotiations, this session will focus on identifying factors that delay implementation of response actions, and finding ways to mitigate or avoid them.
In the listening session, EPA would like to hear about:
- In your experience, what have been the major causes of delays in implementation of PRP-lead response actions?
- What suggestions do you have on how EPA can prevent unnecessary delays in the implementation of PRP-lead cleanup response actions?
In Situ Activated Carbon-Based Technology for Groundwater Remediation: Overview, Best Practices, and Case Studies
June 25, 2018, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
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This webinar is a result of Recommendation 9 of EPA's Superfund Task Force, which encourages the Superfund program to "utilize state-of-the-art technologies to expedite cleanup." Actions under this recommendation include expanding the use of new remediation technologies and approaches to address contaminated sites.
This webinar will present an overview of in situ activated carbon (AC)-based remediation technology, discuss important considerations for site characterization and treatment design, and present characterizations of physical, chemical and biological processes involved in a long-term case study where reactive AC-based technology was applied.
Practical Applications of Phytotechnologies at Contaminated Sites
June 28, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern
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Phytoremediation is the practice of using plants to mitigate environmental contamination and reduce exposure humans and ecological receptors to that contamination. This webinar will introduce participants to the science of phytotechnology in the context of contaminated site remediation. Technical experts will discuss the practical aspects of phytoremediation and explore opportunities where the use of plants could be integrated as part of a remedial approach. The webinar will discuss the considerations and future of phytotechnology at contaminated sites and share additional resources. Participants will have a better understanding for evaluating phytoremediation as a remedial approach for contaminated sites.
This webinar is a result of Recommendation 9 of EPA’s Superfund Task Force, which encourages the Superfund program to “Utilize State-Of-The-Art Technologies to Expedite Cleanup.” Actions under this recommendation include expanding the use of new remediation technologies and approaches to address contaminated sites.
This webinar is geared for site cleanup professionals, but all are welcome.
To view content and materials from past webinars, please click here.
Task Force Outreach
The Task Force is offering opportunities for the public to provide input on the Superfund process. To this end, the Task Force recently developed its Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy (PDF)(3 pp, 128 K)
Under this strategy, EPA will conduct dialogues via meetings, web discussions, and other fora. These conversations will establish and strengthen partnerships and public engagement as EPA implements the Task Force recommendations.
EPA is in the process of developing a series of public information sessions/dialogues on a number of the Task Force recommendations that will take place over several months. Information on the sessions, including topics, dates and registration, will appear on this web page and via other multimedia communication channels.
Previous Stakeholder Engagement
EPA has already met with numerous stakeholders regarding the Task Force, including:
- Redevelopment in Wyandotte County
- Redevelopment in Kansas City, Kansas
- Senior EPA leaders meet with environmental justice groups
- Brownfields Conference
- Superfund Task Force at the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee Meeting
- Task Force discussed with the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials
- EPA at the Annual Environmental Masterminds workshop
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EPA’s Albert Kelly joined members of the Kansas City NAACP chapter, Kansas Sierra Club chapter, and Jon Stephens, the director of economic development for Wyandotte County Unified Government to discuss redevelopment in the county. The redevelopment and environmental stakeholders group met at City Hall to explore ways to speed implementation of redevelopment and spur job growth in the county.
EPA’s Region 7 launched a Redevelopment Navigation Team in 2017 that is fostering a collaborative cross-program and community-based approach to develop sustainable communities through the cleanup and reuse of contaminated sites.
Other participants at the stakeholders meeting included: Doug Bach, Wyandotte County Unified Government Public Works; Andrew Bracker, Kansas City, Missouri, Brownfields program; Rita Adams, Economic Opportunity Foundation; Cielo Fernandez, El Centro; Matt Watkins, Kansas City, Kansas, Housing Authority Board & commercial real estate broker; Althea Moses, EPA Region 7 acting director of the Enforcement Coordination Office and Environmental Justice program manager; Mary Peterson, EPA Region 7 Superfund director; Seth Mettling, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Brownfields program; Maggie Weiser, Kansas State University’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields program; Sabine Martin, Kansas State Technical Assistance to Brownfields; Jon Stephens, Wyandotte County Unified Government Director of Economic Development; Stanley Walker, EPA Region 7 Brownfields program manager; Joseph Multhauf, Donnelly College; and Elnora Jefferson, Northeast Midtown Neighborhood Associations. Participants sitting along the back wall (left to right): Maureen Mahoney, Wyandotte County Unified Government chief of staff; Tamara Freeman, EPA Region 7 community.
EPA’s Albert Kelly met with Richard Mabion to discuss redevelopment and job opportunities at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas. Kally and Mabion were joined by Mary Peterson, the Superfund Division Director for EPA’s Region 7 office; Maureen Mahoney, the president of the Kansas City Black Chamber of Commerce; and Crystal Watkins, the Wyandotte County Unified Government community liaison.
On Jan. 24, Former Administrator Pruitt and other senior EPA leaders met with stakeholders to discuss the Task Force and the future of the Superfund program. Present at the meeting were representatives from the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice; Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service; Texas Campaign for the Environment; Headwater Defense; Local Environmental Action Demanded; Jesus People Against Pollution; United Neighbors Concerned About GE Dewey Loeffel Landfill; Hoosick Falls Support Network; POWER Action Group; Texas Health and Environment Alliance; and San Jacinto River Coalition.
At the Brownfields Conference in December 2017, EPA discussed redevelopment opportunities with attendees.
At the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee Meeting in November 2017, EPA described Task Force goals and recommendations as well as engagement opportunities.
At the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials Annual Meeting in October 2017, EPA discussed Task Force recommendations.
At the 14th Annual Environmental Masterminds 2017 Remediation Benchmarking Workshop in September, EPA described goals and recommendations as well as opportunities for engagement with corporate remediation directors.