EPA Announces Superfund Task Force To Provide Immediate Recommendations
Task force to provide recommendations for streamlining Superfund program within 30 days.
EPA HQ - WASHINGTON D.C.– As part of his continued effort to prioritize Superfund cleanups, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt today announced the creation of a Superfund task force to provide recommendations within 30 days on how the EPA can streamline and improve the Superfund program. This includes: restructuring and expediting the cleanup process; reducing the burden on cooperating parties; incentivizing parties to remediate sites; encouraging private investment in cleanups and sites; and, promoting the revitalization of properties across the country.
“I am confident that, with a renewed sense of urgency, leadership and fresh ideas, the Superfund program can reach its full potential of returning formerly contaminated sites to communities for their beneficial use,” Administrator Pruitt wrote in a memo to EPA staff.
This action follows Administrator Pruitt’s recent directive for remedies of $50 million or more to be approved by the Administrator to help revitalize contaminated sites faster.
Administrator Pruitt recently visited the USS Lead Superfund Site in East Chicago, Ind., to view ongoing cleanup activities. Administrator Pruitt met with East Chicago residents, federal, state and local officials, and pledged improved coordination and communication as cleanup continues. He was the first EPA Administrator to visit this Superfund site, which was listed on the National Priorities List of the worst contaminated sites in the country in 2009.
Find Adminstrator Pruitt's full memo below: