The ASTSWMO CERCLA and Brownfields Research Center’s mission is to enhance and promote the development of flexible and effective State-run cleanup programs addressing releases of hazardous substances into the environment, including State-run Superfund programs under CERCLA, and State Response programs in their implementation of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. This includes research of specific program elements; the development of State position papers; commenting on federal regulation and policy development; and the development and dissemination of resource documents and tools to assist States in developing and enhancing their State Superfund and State Response/Brownfields programs. Research is overseen by the CERCLA and Brownfields Research Center Subcommittee and its programmatic Focus Groups, covering State Superfund programs, removal actions, long-term stewardship, State Response and Brownfields programs, site evaluation, and sediments.
Subcommittee members' contact information is provided as a resource for their fellow waste and materials managers. Please direct all press inquiries to Acting Executive Director Dania Rodriguez.
Jennifer Roberts (AK) Subcommittee Chair
Sam Puffenbarger CERCLA and Brownfields Staff Associate
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Brownfields Focus Group
The mission of the Brownfields Focus Group is to promote the use and effectiveness, and recognize the diversity of, State Response and Brownfields programs, while providing research tools and training for State program development and enhancement.
Amy Yersavich (OH) Chair
State Superfund Focus Group
The mission of the State Superfund Focus Group is to research issues associated with the remediation of hazardous substances at State and federal Superfund sites and the infrastructure development needs of these State programs. This mission includes providing States with the research tools, studies and training necessary to develop and enhance their programs, and to carry out their responsibilities in the federal Superfund program. The Focus Group actively evaluates the potential impacts and relevance to the States of Superfund program issues. The Focus Group works closely with EPA staff to identify priority issues and approaches to resolving those issues.
Wesley Turner (KY) Chair
Long-Term Stewardship Focus Group
The mission of the Long-Term Stewardship Focus Group is to facilitate and promote State/Territorial implementation of reliable, effective, and protective long-term stewardship at contaminated sites, to include identification of the resources necessary to conduct long-term stewardship activities, as well as development and communication of State program strategies to promote effective communication among interested parties regarding institutional controls and long-term stewardship.
Robert Stout (MO) Chair
Removal Action Focus Group
The mission of the Removal Action Focus Group is to advocate for and support State removal action and emergency response programs, to enhance these programs’ capabilities to perform time critical and non-time critical removal actions and emergency response activities, so that these may be performed with greater protectiveness of human health and the environment, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. The Focus Group will work to enhance the partnership between the States and EPA in implementation of removal actions and emergency response actions, to facilitate effective transition of these sites to States for further remediation and site reuse.
Leo Henning (KS) Chair
Site Evaluation Focus Group
The mission of the Site Evaluation Work Group is to serve as a voice and resource for State programs in the initial stages of hazardous substance detection, the appropriate tools and methods for detection and identification of potential risks, and the communication of these risks to the public.
Barbara Nabors (CO) Chair
Sediments Focus Group
The mission of the Sediments Focus Group is to create opportunities for State-to-State information exchange and the development of new approaches for contaminated sediment assessment and remediation, as well as toinfluence national sediment cleanup guidance and policy.
Dale Rector (TN) Chair