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Superfund Task Force

Before and after at Superfund sitesThe Superfund Task Force published its final report September 9, 2019 highlighting the Task Force’s accomplishments and plans to build and expand on this important work going forward. 
Final Report and Accomplishments | Stories of Progress
Acting Administrator Wheeler signs the Record of Decision Amendment for the West Lake Landfill Superfund siteActing Administrator Andrew Wheeler signs the Record of Decision Amendment for the West Lake Landfill site in Bridgeton, Missouri.
Press Release | Record of Decision Amendment | Fact Sheet | West Lake Site Profile Page | Signing Event Video
Acting Administrator Wheeler celebrates the first anniversary of the Superfund Task Force in front of New Bedford Harbor with Mayor Jon Mitchell and EPA Region 1 Administrator Alexandra Dunn. Four people at Gowanus Canal Superfund site announcing final phase of dredging and capping study.EPA Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp discusses the progress made during the past year at the Kalamazoo River Superfund Site in MichiganU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez presented New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Jersey City and Prologis, Inc. – the company responsible for the cleanup and reuse of the site – with the Excellence in Site Reuse Award. NJDEP Deputy Commissioner Debbie Mans, Jersey City Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil and representatives from Prologis, Inc. accepted the Excellence in Site Reuse Award for work at the PJP Landfill Superfund site in Jersey City, N.J. The PJP Landfill Superfund site is home to a newly constructed warehouse and distribution center, continued commercial use, public open space and restored wetlands.San Jacinto River Coalition recently honored Region 6 employee Gary Miller for this management of the Superfund waste pits cleanup effort. He was granted the first Archie Bickley Memorial Award.On June 6, 2018, EPA’s Region 3 Administrator, Cosmo Servidio, presented an Excellence In Site Reuse Award to ExxonMobil Corporation and Enso Properties LLC for outstanding work in promoting the reuse of the Sharon Steel/Fairmont Coke Works Superfund SiteMap showing electrical resistance heating treatment system components at the CTS Site.Map showing electrical resistance heating treatment system components at the CTS Site.Cross-section showing how electrical resistance heating treatment works to extract contaminants from below ground and treat them above the surface. Credit: TRS Group, Inc.Cross-section showing how electrical resistance heating treatment works to extract contaminants from below ground and treat them above the surface. Credit: TRS Group, Inc.(Left) Region 2 Administrator, Pete Lopez, tours the American Cyanamid Superfund site with NJDEP Deputy Commissioner, Debbie Mans, and Pfizer officials to announce $74 million cleanup plan for the site. (Top right) Rendered image of the American CyanamidEPA Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn and Connecticut Environmental Commissioner Robert Klee celebrate that the cleanup of the Raymark Industries Superfund Site in Stratford, Conn. will begin soon. Former Administrator Pruitt Signs $107.6M Action Memorandum to Clean Up the Mississippi Phosphates Corporation Superfund SiteFormer Administrator Pruitt Updates List of Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action; EPA removes 2 Superfund sites from the Emphasis List and adds 3 as cleanup continues across the countryPhoto of Former EPA Administrator Pruitt visiting the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey. On April 9, 2018 EPA announced that an agreement  has been reached with International Paper Company and McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corporation to perform a remedial design at the site. From left to right: Scott Jones of the Galveston Bay Foundation; Jackie Young, of the Texas Health and Environment Coalition; John Meyer, EPA; Sam Coleman, former EPA Acting Regional Administrator; Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.View of former refinery after soil cleanup in Fillmore, CaliforniaOn March 22, 2018, EPA deleted the surface soil portion of the 55-acre Pacific Coast Pipeline site in Fillmore, Calif., from the Superfund National Priorities List clearing the way for commercial or recreational use.
Representatives from EPA, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the towns of Foxborough and Mansfield gather to celebrate the deletion of the Hatheway & Patterson site from Superfund’s National Priorities List. Tom Mahler, a remedial project manager from EPA’s Region 7 office, presents the proposed remedy for the West Lake Landfill Superfund site to an audience of more than 600 community members and officials in Bridgeton, Missouri, on Mar. 6, 2018.A pond at the C&D Recycling SiteOn Feb. 27, 2018, EPA deleted the C&D Recycling site in Foster Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, from the Superfund National Priorities List. EPA conducted oversight of the remediation work by Nassau Metals Corporation to clean up soil and sediment contamination, and has determined the site no longer poses a threat to human health or the environment.Former Administrator Pruitt visiting the Mohawk Tannery siteOn Feb. 13, 2018, Former Administrator Pruitt toured the Mohawk Tannery site in Nashua, New Hampshire, with EPA Region 1 Administrator Alexandra Dunn and Superfund Director Bryan Olson. Mohawk Tannery is one of the 21 sites targeted by Former Administrator Pruitt for intense, immediate action. EPA’s action items for the site are to finalize a non-time critical removal action and facilitate redevelopment with interested developers.After 27 years, EPA proposed a remedy to remove radioactive material posing health risks for the surrounding community at West Lake landfill in Missouri On July 25, 2017, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed the Superfund Task Force Recommendations, setting into motion a process to improve and expedite the program.

Protecting human health and the environment is EPA’s core mission. Ensuring that the Superfund program operates optimally is one of this mission’s cornerstones.

With this in mind, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt established the Superfund Task Force on May 22, 2017, to provide recommendations for improving and expediting site cleanups and promoting redevelopment.

Specifically, the Task Force looked at how EPA can:

  • Restructure the cleanup process;
  • Realign incentives of all involved parties to promote timely remediation;
  • Reduce the burden on cooperating parties;
  • Incentivize parties to remediate sites;
  • Encourage private investment in cleanups; and
  • Promote the revitalization of properties across the country while ensuring protection of human health and the environment. 

On July 25, 2017, EPA’s Superfund Task Force released its recommendations, which are organized under five goals:

  • Expediting cleanup and remediation;
  • Reinvigorating responsible-party cleanup and reuse;
  • Encouraging private investment;
  • Promoting redevelopment and community revitalization; and
  • Engaging partners and stakeholders.

EPA convened workgroups and actively engaged our partners and stakeholders to successfully implement the Task Force’s recommendations. The workgroups identified effective ways to implement the recommendations and reach outcome-driven results to expedite cleanups, site redevelopment, and community revitalization while protecting human health and the environment.

Final Report and Accomplishments

The Task Force released its final report in September 2019. The report covers the Task Force’s accomplishments and the Agency’s plans to build and expand on this important work moving forward.

Status Reports

EPA ensured that the work of the Task Force was transparent and accountable by providing quarterly updates that highlighted the accomplishments to date and the next steps for each recommendation. You can find these status reports below.

2018 Update Report

The 2018 Superfund Task Force Report highlighted 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. 

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

Quarterly Updates

The Superfund Task Force Quarterly Reports provide a comprehensive list of accomplishments from each quarter starting from October 2017.

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), and covered August and September 2018 in the Fourth Quarter FY 2018 Report (PDF)(23 pp, 334 K).

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Task Force News

In addition to quarterly reports, the Task Force provided news updates as notable progress and achievements happened.

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Public Participation Opportunities

The Task Force offered opportunities for the public to provide input on the Superfund process. To this end, the Task Force developed its Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy (PDF)(3 pp, 128 K). Under this strategy, EPA conducted dialogues via meetings, web discussions, and other fora. These conversations established and strengthened partnerships and public engagement during implementation of the Task Force recommendations.

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In May 2017, EPA established a task force to restore the Superfund program to its rightful place at the center of the Agency's core mission to protect health and environment.