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Superfund

Superfund Task Force Status of Recommendations

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2018 Update Report

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.

Superfund Task Force Recommendations 2018 Update Report (PDF)(64 pp, 8.2 MB, About PDF)

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Quarterly Updates

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 August and September 2018. In this time period, EPA completed seven recommendations and integrated the associated deliverables into Superfund program processes and activities. 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).

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Completion Schedule

Task Force recommendation completion dates

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Recommendation Status Chart

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

Goal 1: Expediting Cleanup and Remediation

Recommendation Status
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 Ongoing

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Goal 2: Re-invigorating Responsible Party Cleanup and Reuse

Recommendation Status
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

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Goal 3: Encouraging Private Investment

Recommendation Status
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

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Goal 4: Promoting Redevelopment and Community Revitalization

Recommendation Status
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 

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Goal 5: Engaging Partners and Stakeholders

Recommendation Status
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

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