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Superfund Target Lists Released

March 1, 2018

In May 2017, a Superfund Task Force was formed to provide recommendations to streamline and improve the Superfund Program. In July 2017, the Superfund Task Force recommended that EPA develop a list to target Superfund sites for immediate and intense action. This list was developed considering sites that would benefit from the Administrator’s direct engagement and that require timely resolution of specific issues to expedite cleanup and redevelopment efforts. The list is dynamic and will change as sites need to move on and off of the list. EPA has published a list of these sites targeted for immediate and intense action as of December 8, 2017. In January 2018, also in response to Task Force recommendations, EPA released a list of the initial Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) sites with the greatest expected redevelopment and commercial potential. EPA has indicated that they will focus redevelopment training, tools and resources towards the sites on this list.
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Once In Always In Policy for NESHAP Major Sources Withdrawn

March 1, 2018

In January 2018, EPA issued a guidance memorandum that withdrew the long-standing “once in always in” policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under section 112 of the Clean Air Act, the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants or NESHAPs. A major source of HAPs is a stationary source that has the potential to emit 10 tons per year or more of any HAP or 25 tons per year or more of a combination of HAPs. An area source is a stationary source that does not emit HAPs above these thresholds. EPA’s previous guidance under the Seitz Memo, in place since 1995, stated that once a source became a major source of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), they could not be reclassified as an area source even if potential HAP emissions drop below major source thresholds. Once they were “in” as a major source, that facility would always be in. The new policy allows these sources previously classified as major sources…
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