Could Quicker, Cheaper Superfund Cleanups Create Uncertainty?

July 9, 2018
Sylvia Carignan
Bloomberg Environment

The start-and-stop approach the EPA wants to use for toxic site cleanup could be quicker, cheaper, and more effective than the process the agency has used for decades, but some are concerned it could increase uncertainty for the companies involved.

Steven Cook, head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund task force, told Bloomberg Environment June 28 he is focusing on creating sustainable reforms to the agency’s contaminated site cleanup program. To do that, the agency wants to expand to all 1,300 of the nation’s most contaminated sites the use of adaptive management, an approach that has been used in many other cleanups...

The adaptive approach can be helpful at complicated sites where the EPA and involved companies disagree about what needs to be done, John Gullace, partner at Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., told Bloomberg Environment. Gullace has represented companies involved with Superfund sites.