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Thank you for your interest in the OSRE-sponsored listening sessions on recommendations contained within the Superfund Task Force report. The listening session has concluded. The deadline to submit written comments to osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov by May 29, 2018. More information on this and other sessions held in May and June 2018 is from the Listening Sessions - Superfund Task Force Recommendations Web page on the Agency's website at https://wcms.epa.gov/enforcement/listening-sessions-superfund-task-force-recommendations.

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Thank you for your interest in the OSRE-sponsored listening sessions on recommendations contained within the Superfund Task Force report. The listening session has concluded. The deadline to submit written comments to osre-sftf-listeningsession@epa.gov by May 29, 2018. More information on this and other sessions held in May and June 2018 is from the Listening Sessions - Superfund Task Force Recommendations Web page on the Agency's website at https://wcms.epa.gov/enforcement/listening-sessions-superfund-task-force-recommendations.
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EPA will use your registration information solely for this event. We will not share your information with any third party.

If you require special accommodations, please contact OSRE-SFTF-listeningsession@epa.gov by May 14, 2018 to make arrangements.

Introduction

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) is hosting a listening session to receive public remarks on Recommendation 16.2 of the Superfund Task Force Report. This listening session is one of a series the Agency is hosting to provide a forum for EPA personnel to take input from stakeholders regarding specific Superfund Task Force recommendations in an effort to increase public participation and transparency, and strengthen communication with stakeholders.

About the Listening Session

The goal of the Superfund Task Force Report Recommendation 16.2 is to explore strategies to speed up negotiations with responsible parties as well as cleanup under finalized settlements. This session will focus solely on expediting negotiations. A separate session will be held on June 18, 2018, to discuss performance delays under existing cleanup agreements.

EPA’s Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE), along with regional enforcement staff, is working together to review existing guidance documents, current and prior policy practices, and data regarding the duration of negotiations and the causes of delays.

This session will focus on negotiations, delaying factors, and possible methods or practices to improve negotiations with the goal to start cleanup as soon as possible.

More information on the listening session available at https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/superfund-listening-session-expediting-negotiations-potentially-responsible-parties.

How to Participate and Submit Written Remarks:

Interested parties may register to participate in two ways:

  • Provide live verbal comments by phone
  • Listen to the session online and submit written comments

To share remarks verbally during session, participants must pre-register by May 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Interested parties may submit their comments in writing at any time to OSRE-SFTF-listeningsession@epa.gov with the following subject "LS 16-2 Part 1." Live verbal participants can also submit written comments.

Written submissions to the email address are due by May 29, 2018.

Please Provide Us Your Feedback:

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

  1. In your experience, what have been the major obstacles in initiating and subsequently finalizing negotiations for cleanup agreements?
  2. What suggestions do you have on how EPA can more effectively and efficiently negotiate cleanup agreements with potentially responsible parties?

Who Should Attend this Listening Session?

  • Private party representatives who are or have been involved in CERCLA settlement negotiations
  • Environmental and community-based organizations and groups, including environmental justice and other non-profit organizations
  • Federal, state, and tribal agency staff who work on CERCLA settlement negotiations
  • Anyone from the public interested in this topic

Questions?

Please contact OSRE at OSRE-SFTF-listeningsession@epa.gov with the following subject "LS 16-2 Part 1" regarding any questions you may have about this listening session.

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