Superfund Task Force Status of Recommendations
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The 2018 Superfund Task Force Report highlights the numerous accomplishments achieved by the hard-working EPA staff who planned and implemented specific actions to expedite reduction of risks to human health and the environment and to accelerate the reuse of properties affected by hazardous substance contamination. These accomplishments have led to significant progress at Superfund sites across the country. EPA thanks our partners and stakeholders for their assistance in the progress made thus far and look forward to continuing our successful partnership.
In addition to highlighting the accomplishments of the 2018 efforts, the report outlines next steps for the recommendations that remain open. The ongoing recommendations demonstrate a continued commitment by EPA to engage partners and stakeholders at all levels in making cleanup and land revitalization decisions that will provide future generations with a cleaner and healthier environment.
Since releasing this report, EPA has moved up the date for completing the remaining recommendations. The report says EPA will complete its work on the recommendations by September 2019. EPA is now planning to complete its work by July 2019.
The Superfund Task Force Quarterly Reports provide a comprehensive list of accomplishments from each quarter starting from October 2017.
The latest quarterly report provides accomplishments from the first quarter of FY 2019. In this time period, EPA completed one recommendation, #11, and integrated the associated deliverables into Superfund program processes and activities.
Under this recommendation, EPA implemented the Remedial Acquisition Framework (RAF), three sets of multiple-award, indefinite quantity contracts: Design and Engineering Services, Remediation Environmental Services, and Environmental Services and Operations. With these contracts, EPA expands the pool of vendors available for Superfund remedial program activities. To foster innovation and reduce costs, EPA will compete tasks among the pool of RAF contract holders.
Keep reading this page for a completion schedule and a recommendation status chart.
Please note that EPA reported accomplishments for the third quarter of FY 2018 and July 2018 in the 2018 Update Report (PDF)(64 pp, 8.2 MB), and covered August and September 2018 in the Fourth Quarter FY 2018 Report (PDF)(23 pp, 334 K).
- Task Force Quarterly Report: First Quarter FY 2019 (PDF)(24 pp, 423 K)
- Task Force Quarterly Report: Fourth Quarter FY 2018 (PDF)(23 pp, 334 K)
- Superfund Task Force Recommendations 2018 Update Report (issued in lieu of Third Quarter FY 2018 quarterly report) (PDF)(64 pp, 8.2 MB)
- Task Force Quarterly Report: Second Quarter FY 2018 (PDF)(33 pp, 1.7 MB)
- Task Force Quarterly Report: First Quarter FY 2018 (PDF)(37 pp, 617 K)
- GOAL 1: Expediting Cleanup and Remediation
- GOAL 2: Re-invigorating Responsible Party Cleanup and Reuse
- GOAL 3: Encouraging Private Investment
- GOAL 4: Promoting Redevelopment and Community Revitalization
- GOAL 5: Engaging Partners and Stakeholders
Recommendation statuses are identified as either Completed or Ongoing.
Completed = Recommendations finalized in Year 1 of the Task Force
Ongoing = Recommendations will be completed in Year 2
|Recommendation 1: Oversee Administrator's Emphasis List of Superfund Sites||Completed|
|Recommendation 1: Prioritize and take action to expeditiously effectuate control over any site where human exposure is not fully controlled||Completed|
|Recommendation 1/2: Develop list of potential NPL sites to target for completion and develop recommendations for tracking and reporting progress||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 2: Focus resources on maximizing deletions/partial deletions, including review of policy and tracking eligible sites||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 3: Promote the Application of Adaptive Management at Complex Sites||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 4: To Better Promote National Consistency and Review, Update the Authority for Approval of the Remedy Selection While Considering the Retained Authority of the Administrator||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 5: Clarify Priorities for RI/FS Resources and Encourage Performing Interim/Early Actions During the RI/FS Process to Address Immediate Risks||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 6: Provide Clarification to the Principles for Superfund Groundwater Restoration||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 7: Promote Use of Third-Party Optimization Throughout the Remediation Process and Focus Optimization on Complex Sites or Sites of Significant Public Interest||Completed|
|Recommendation 8: Reinforce Focused Scoping Which Closely Targets the Specific Areas for Remediation and Identify and Use Best Management Practices (BMP) in the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) Stage||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 9: Utilize State-Of-The-Art Technologies to Expedite Cleanup||Completed|
|Recommendation 10: Develop a Technical Support Team and Tools to Inform RPMs Regarding Available Resources to Assist with Best Management Practice (BMP) Applications, Including Scoping and Targeted Technical Reviews||Completed|
|Recommendation 11: Review all Third-Party Contracting Procedures, Large EPA- Approved Contractors, and Contracts to Determine Appropriate Use Parameters and Qualification Methods for EPA Contracting||Completed|
Goal 2: Re-invigorating Responsible Party Cleanup and Reuse
|Recommendation 12: Recommend Consideration and Use of Early Response Actions at Superfund Sites, Particularly Sediment Sites, While Comprehensive Negotiations Are Underway for the Entire Cleanup||Completed|
|Recommendation 13: Examine Opportunities to Achieve Protective Cleanup at NPL-Caliber Sites Without Listing on the NPL||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 14: Maximize the Use of Special Accounts to Facilitate Site Cleanup and/or Redevelopment||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 15: Speed Up Settlement Process Where There Are Federal PRPs at a Site||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 16: Provide Reduced-Oversight Incentives to Cooperative, High-performing PRPs, and Make Full Use of Enforcement Tools as Disincentives for Protracted Negotiations, or Slow Performance Under Existing Cleanup Agreements||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 17: Adjust Financial Assurance (FA) Required Under Enforcement Documents to Reduce Cooperating PRP’s Financial Burden While Ensuring Resources Are Available to Complete Cleanups||Completed|
|Recommendation 18: Reinforce the Federal Facility Agreement Informal and Formal Dispute Timelines||Completed|
|Recommendation 19: Expand Cleanup Capacity by Designating One Agency Lead for Each Project in Order to Reduce Overlap and Duplication||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 20: Identify Opportunities to Engage Independent Third Parties to Oversee Certain Aspects of PRP Lead Cleanups||Completed|
|Recommendation 21: Facilitate Site Redevelopment During Cleanup by Encouraging PRPs to Fully Integrate and Implement Reuse Opportunities into Investigations and Cleanups of NPL Sites||Ongoing|
Goal 3: Encouraging Private Investment
|Recommendation 22: Explore Environmental Liability Transfer (ELT) Approaches and Other Risk Management Tools at PRP cleanups||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 23: Ensure Timely Use of Site-Specific Tools When Needed and Appropriate to Address Liability Concerns at Contaminated Sites||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 24: Create and Maintain an OECA Information Repository to Provide Access to Enforcement Information and Tools to Support Third-Party Cleanup and Reuse.||Completed|
|Recommendation 25: Update EPA’s Position on the Use of Site-Specific Agreements with Third Parties at NPL Sites||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 26: Revise EPA’s Model Agreements to Create More Opportunities for Settlement with Third Parties Interested in Cleaning Up and Reusing NPL Sites||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 27: Identify Tools for Third Parties Interested in Investment or Other Opportunities Supporting the Cleanup or Reuse of NPL Sites||Completed|
|Recommendation 28: Provide Greater “Comfort” in Comfort/Status Letters||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 29: Revise or Develop New Enforcement Guidance to Support the Cleanup and Reuse of Contaminated Sites||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 30: Revise Federal Facility Enforcement Guidance||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 31: Develop New Local Government Enforcement Guidance to Address Concerns Raised by the Landowner Liability Provisions Potentially Applicable to Local Governments||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 32: Develop a Model Comfort/Status Letter and Other Tools to Address the Liability Concerns and Other Barriers Unique to Local Governments||Ongoing|
Goal 4: Promoting Redevelopment and Community Revitalization
|Recommendation 33: Focus Redevelopment Efforts on 20 NPL Sites with Redevelopment Potential and Identify 20 Sites with Greatest Potential Reuse||Completed|
|Recommendation 34: Publicize Site Specific Information to Promote Community Revitalization||Completed|
|Recommendation 35: Build Capacity of EPA and its Stakeholders on the Broad Community and Economic Development Context for Site Remediation and Redevelopment||Completed|
|Recommendation 36: Engage Superfund Communities in Cleanup and Redevelopment||Completed|
|Recommendation 37: Recognize and Replicate Local Site Redevelopment Successes||Completed|
|Recommendation 38: Support Community Visioning, Revitalization, and Redevelopment of Superfund Sites (Superfund)||Completed|
|Recommendation 39: Engage and Facilitate Public/Private Partnerships to Share Information, Resources, and Work Toward Advancing and Promoting the Revitalization of the Site.||Completed|
Goal 5: Engaging Partners and Stakeholders
|Recommendation 40: Develop a Robust Communications Strategy to Identify and Target Key Stakeholders||Ongoing|
|Recommendation 41: For Federal Facility Sites, Collaborate with Other Federal Agencies (OFAs) to Solicit Their Views on How EPA Can Better Engage Federal Agencies||Completed|
|Recommendation 42: Use a Federal Advisory Committee to Work with a Broad Array of Stakeholders to Identify Barriers and Opportunities Related to Cleanup and Reuse of Superfund Sites||Ongoing|