The Great Lakes Legacy Act exemplifies a unique approach for accelerating sediment cleanup and restoring habitat in the largest system of fresh surface water in the world. Funded under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, The Great Lakes Legacy Act provides federal funding to promote cost-sharing partnerships for sediment remediation, including partnerships with State agencies and industry. This webinar from the ASTSWMO Sediments Focus Group shares the presentations made during the ASTSWMO Brownfields and Superfund Symposium in August, 2018, and it provides training on partnering with stakeholders, bridging gaps and thinking outside the box in order to leverage funding, integrate habitat improvements and revitalize tribal, recreational and economic interests.
The ASTSWMO Removals Focus Group has produced research that builds off of previous work from their 2013 Transition Issues Analysis. This research focuses on the capacities and needs of the EPA Regions and States in the performance of Time Critical Removal Actions by identifying the resources each potentially offers to this type of response action, and the dynamics of the partnerships created between Federal and State agencies. The result successfully identifies ways to more efficiently use and share limited resources available at all levels and build synergistic partnerships between agencies in the satisfaction of this vital environmental service that protects human health and the environment.
This paper is intended to help States identify and understand potential issues associated with settlement negotiations, especially financial assurance, and to consider the implications of PRP bankruptcy during the CERCLA remedial process.
ASTSWMO’s Brownfields Focus Group developed six fact sheets that relate to certain Brownfields topics. These topics are Phase I Assessments and All Appropriate Inquiry, Phase II Assessments, Abandoned Structures, Risk-Based Decision Making for Property Cleanup, Vapor Intrusion, and Community Involvement.
The ASTSWMO Remedial Action Focus Group developed this report to provide information to States and EPA regarding the use of Interim Records of Decision (Interim RODs) at sites subject to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) also known as Superfund.
ASTSWMO’s Sediments Focus Group developed this report to evaluate efforts coordinated across CERCLA and Clean Water Act authorities that were aimed at preventing sediment recontamination. The Focus Group presents several case studies of CERCLA sites that involve a component of sediment remediation through which to explore application of collaborative recommendations jointly developed by several EPA offices.
ASTSWMO’s Site Assessment Focus Group developed a National Priorities List (NPL) Designation report, which presents results from a research project analyzing States’ views regarding whether additional NPL top-priority designations would be beneficial, and information about unsuccessful site listings.
ASTSWMO’s Site Assessment Focus Group facilitated the collection of nationally representative data about States’ use of, and recommendations for, the Site Assessment Program tools. Based on information obtained from States regarding the Site Assessment process, the Focus Group developed this report to present key findings.
ASTSWMO’s CERCLA Post Construction Focus Group developed this report to provide examples of challenges experienced by various States during the transition of sites from the EPA to a State and present National Priorities List site examples that illustrate opportunities for possible solutions to aid in facilitating more successful transitions.
This paper was written by Katherine N. Probst and funded by ACEC. It provides an overall evaluation of the progress of EPA’s Superfund program and provides recommendations for the future.