Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

What is the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative?

The Superfund Redevelopment Initiative is EPA’s new coordinated national effort to facilitate the return of Superfund sites to productive use. The Superfund program’s primary mission is the timely and efficient assessment, investigation, and cleanup of the nation’s worst hazardous waste sites, with an emphasis on those on the National Priorities List (NPL). The Agency is also instrumental in returning contaminated sites to commercial, ecological, recreational, residential, and public use. Working in partnership with states, tribes, other federal agencies, local, governments, communities, land owners, lenders, developers, and parties potentially responsible for contamination, EPA is facilitating the reuse of sites through the development of cleanup plans that take into account the future use of the site, such as retail stores, office buildings, homes, golf courses, softball fields and wetlands. Thus, Superfund sites, which were once thought to be unusable, are being put back into productive use.

What is the Superfund Redevelopment

Initiative Pilot Program?

EPA will be selecting sites for the pilot program where circumstances are well-suited for demonstrating the way local governments can better participate with EPA and states in the process of returning Superfund sites to productive use. For each pilot, EPA may fund the development of reuse assessments, public outreach to help determine what the future use is likely to be, or perhaps provide an expert through an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment. EPA will also offer access to facilitation services to support stakeholder involvement. In addition, the International City/County Management Association will offer a peer match program which will enable local governments that have succeeded in reusing Superfund sites to share their experiences with those just starting the process. By the end of FY2000, EPA expects to have funded about 50 pilot projects on a competitive basis. These activities are expected to be valued at $50,000 to $100,000 in direct financial assistance and/or services.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for selection as a pilot, the local government must have a site within its jurisdiction that is proposed or final in the NPL, and for which construction has not yet begun. Sites that are not on the NPL may also be eligible if a significant removal action is planned but a cleanup decision is still pending

How Does the Pilot Proposal and

Selection Process Work?

EPA has selected a number of targeted pilot candidates that will serve as models for the open proposal process. In late summer of 1999, EPA will provide in the Federal Register, the details of the open proposal procedure, pilot eligibility, evaluation criteria, and types of assistance that EPA will offer. Preliminary evaluation criteria include: value added through EPA funding; level of community involvement; and anticipated state role.

Interested local governments will complete a proposal with basic information about the types of activities they plan to undertake, and the type and amount of support they are requesting. A review panel will evaluate the merits of the proposals based on the stated eligibility and evaluation criteria. Pilots will be chosen early in the year 2000.

What Types of Activities Can Receive Assistance?

  • Reuse Assessments to predict future land use
  • Facilitation Services by neutral parties to identify local stakeholder interests for future land uses
  • Coordination among different levels of government, community members and natural resource organizations to identify future land uses
  • Reuse Advisors to provide assistance to local governments in determining site reuse and supporting remedies consistent with that reuse
  • Public Outreach including public meetings, newsletters and other public information material, and the education of community leaders in cleanup and site reuse
  • Training and Workshops on cleanup, remedy selection, and determining site reuse
  • Support for a Citizen Advisory Group to advise the community in determining the reuse of a site
  • Other Technical Assistance to study and develop recommendations on legal, fiscal, economic, and other issues as appropriate to determine site reuse and support the remedy selection

How Can I Get More Information?

For more information on the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Pilots Program, contact: Susan Sladek (703) 603-8848

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