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Superfund Listening Session: Encouraging PRPs to Integrate Reuse Opportunities into Cleanups

Superfund Task Force Recommendation No. 21: Facilitating Site Redevelopment During Cleanup by Encouraging PRPs to Fully Integrate and Implement Reuse Opportunities into Investigations and Cleanups of NPL Sites (Goal 2/Strategy 3).

Date of Event: June 11, 2018, 12 – 2 p.m. Eastern

The goal of this recommendation is to facilitate and encourage potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to incorporate reuse work into the investigations and cleanups at National Priorities List (NPL) sites by providing them the necessary knowledge, connections, tools, and when appropriate, incentives. Information on the listening session series.

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Overview of Session Topic and Issues

While performing cleanup work at NPL sites, PRPs are often reluctant to take actions necessary to facilitate reuse at the site. To effectively address this issue, EPA is looking to understand and address the myriad of burdens that might arise when a PRP takes on such work. An EPA workgroup is reviewing dozens of instances in which PRPs successfully incorporated reuse opportunities into their investigations and cleanups, to identify the factors that hinder or facilitate such work. The team would like to hear directly from PRPs and other stakeholders (e.g., developers, end-users, and local and state governments) to accomplish the objectives of this recommendation. Ultimately, the team will develop recommendations aimed at encouraging PRPs to integrate and implement reuse opportunities at NPL sites.

Topics addressed in this session include:

  • Reasons why PRPs do not consider reuse when performing site investigations and cleanups at NPL sites.
  • Providing case studies where PRPs have successfully incorporated reuse work into their response actions at NPL sites and discussing the beneficial impacts of this work:
    • Site conditions that existed at the site
    • Redevelopment work the PRP took on
    • PRPs’ partnerships with other stakeholders
  • Known and potential motivations PRPs may have for incorporating reuse work.
  • Known and potential marketing and financial strategies PRPs may employ in order to facilitate their reuse work.
  • Potential incentives EPA may provide PRPs in appropriate circumstances to encourage performance of reuse work.

Who Should Attend

  • PRPs, developers and other end-users
  • State and local government personnel
  • DOJ and EPA staff

Questions to Session Participants for Verbal and Written Remarks

The Agency would like participants of this listening session to focus their remarks, both verbal and written submissions, on the following questions and topics:

  1. Generally, under what sort of circumstances will a PRP implement reuse opportunities while performing cleanup work?
  2. What can EPA provide to PRPs to incentivize PRPs to implement reuse opportunities into investigations and cleanups at NPL sites?
  3. How often do PRPs work with end users to perform assessments and additional cleanup/enhancements to achieve reuse objectives? What can EPA do to make this more common?


  • Erik Hanselman (Office of Site Remediation Enforcement/Policy and Program Evaluation Division)
  • Elisabeth Freed (Office of Site Remediation Enforcement/Policy and Program Evaluation Division)
  • Jade Rutland (EPA Region 4, Office of Regional Counsel)

Information Relevant to this Listening Session:

Visit Listening Sessions - Superfund Task Force Recommendations for more information on the series of eight listening sessions.

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