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Superfund

Superfund Task Force Public Participation Opportunities

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Upcoming Webinars

EPA is pleased to announce three upcoming webinars:

Superfund Task Force Listening Session: Expediting Negotiations with Potentially Responsible Parties for Superfund Cleanup Agreements
May 21, 2018, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern
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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.

This is the first in a series of eight listening sessions. This listening session will focus on the goals of Recommendation 16 in the Superfund Task Force Report. The listening session presentation and stakeholder and public feedback will focus on negotiations, delaying factors, and possible methods or practices to improve negotiations with the goal to start cleanup as soon as possible.

The listening session is open to the general public and EPA looks forward to receiving feedback on this recommendation.

Combined Remedies: Adaptive, Flexible, Attentive Use of the Right Tools
May 21, 2018, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern
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Combining remedies is becoming increasingly prevalent across the spectrum of hazardous waste sites, from relatively simple to more complex. This trend is driven by a larger remedial tool box; and by increased understanding that contamination occurs in different phases and concentrations, and in different subsurface compartments. This webinar will discuss the underlying principles of attentive deployment of a variety of remedial technologies, along with informative case studies.

This webinar is a result of Recommendation 9 of EPA’s Superfund Task Force 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.

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 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.

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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. 

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Previous Stakeholder Engagement

EPA has already met with numerous stakeholders regarding the Task Force, including:

Public Participation Image Gallery

Region 7 stakeholders meetingRichard Mabion, Kansas City NAACP chapter president and Kansas Sierra Club chapter committee member (center of table), and EPA’s Albert Kelly (left of Mabion) listen to Jon Stephens, Wyandotte County Unified Government’s director of economic development, discuss redevelopment in the county.Redevelopment meeting in Region 7EPA’s Albert Kelly (on left) listens to Richard Mabion discuss redevelopment and job opportunities at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas. Joining them (left to right) are Mary Peterson, Maureen Mahoney and Crystal Watkins, president of the Kansas City Black Chamber of Commerce and Wyandotte County Unified Government community liaison.EPA senior leaders meet with Center for Health, Environment, and Justice and other groupsOn Jan. 24, Administrator Pruitt and other senior EPA leaders met with stakeholders to discuss the Task Force and the future of the Superfund program.
 

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Redevelopment in Wyandotte County

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.
 

Redevelopment in Kansas City, Kansas

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.
 

Senior EPA leaders meet with environmental justice groups

On Jan. 24, 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.
 

Brownfields Conference

At the Brownfields Conference in December 2017, EPA discussed redevelopment opportunities with attendees.
 

Superfund Task Force at the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee Meeting

At the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee Meeting in November 2017, EPA described Task Force goals and recommendations as well as engagement opportunities.
 

Task Force discussed with the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials

At the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials Annual Meeting in October 2017, EPA discussed Task Force recommendations.
 

EPA at the Annual Environmental Masterminds workshop

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.

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