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Region 4 Superfund and Emergency Management Annual Report 2019

In fiscal year (FY) 2019, the Region 4 Superfund and Emergency Management Division continued its trend of improving the lives of the citizens across the Southeast, as well as incorporating innovative approaches in the remediation of contaminated properties. Our accomplishments would not have been possible without the dedication of programmatic staff, federal, state and local stakeholders, and community members, all whom are critical partners in these efforts.

We continue to excel nationally targeted milestones and explore opportunities to further advance the program’s effort in returning sites to productive use. Whether the focus is  expediting cleanup and remediation or holding responsible parties accountable, our commitment to collaboration and effectively utilizing our partnerships directly contributed to the successes realized by the program.

In this year’s report, you will read further about:

  • Efforts and successes related to the Superfund Task Force.
  • Incorporation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.
  • National realignment efforts implemented.
  • Application of EPA’s “enforcement first” approach in holding responsible parties accountable.
  • Increase in targeting sites to return to communities for reuse efforts and deleting sites from the National Priorities List.
  • Enhancement of emergency response and preparedness efforts through the use of innovative tools, comprehensive training and rigorous exercises.
  • Continuation of partnerships with state counterparts and local governments in identifying sites for expediting cleanup activities.
  • Implementation of Lean management tools to optimize and effectively streamline our operations and program.
  • Use of best science practices and innovative techniques in making remedy decisions and effecting cleanup efforts.
  • Protection of children’s health and the execution of educational programs.

During FY 2019, we emphasized accelerating cleanup and streamlining operations. As a result, we have been able to further enhance several processes, while capitalizing on incorporating innovative concepts yielding an improved utilization of resources. Though our inventory of complex projects remains, our staff and management team continue to exceed expectations and showcase the Region as a national leader in many areas of focus for EPA.

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